February 18, 2013
The Central Intelligence Agency recently found additional photos of Osama Bin Laden’s corpse, the Department of Justice acknowledged in a Friday letter.
Responding to a Freedom of Information Act request by Judicial Watch’s Michael Bekesha, Justice Department attorney Marcia Berman said that the CIA had located seven additional photos of the Al Qaeda leader’s body. Previously, the DOJ had told courts and FOIA requesters that just 52 pictures of Bin Laden existed, all of which remain classified.
“These additional images were not located during the CIA’s search for responsive records in this case,” Berman wrote in a letter filed in federal district court. “However, these images of Bin Laden’s corpse are of the same nature as the materials the CIA previously identified and discussed in the declaration of the Director of the CIA’s National Clandestine Service, John Bennett, and would have been withheld in full for the same reasons discussed in Mr. Bennett’s declaration. In fact, Mr. Bennett has personally reviewed these seven additional images and confirmed that they continue to be properly classified for the reasons set forth in his declaration.”