White House Won't Release Osama bin Laden Photos Obama: 'We don't trot this stuff out as trophies' By John Johnson, Newser Staff Posted May 4, 2011 12:40 PM CDT 75 comments Comments An Iraqi man reads a newspaper about Osama bin Laden's death. (AP Photo/Khalid Mohammed) (Newser) – President Obama has decided not to release grisly photos of Osama bin Laden's body. Obama himself tells Steve Kroft of his decision in a 60 Minutes interview to air Sunday, reports CBS News. Excerpts will be out later today. The decision—NBC reported it earlier today—comes after CIA chief Leon Panetta suggested an image would be out soon. But the White House apparently decided that the potential backlash would outweigh the benefits of offering definitive proof of the killing. Hillary Clinton and Robert Gates had argued against the release.