The Obama administration has been debating how much evidence to release to the pubic. The main concern is the reaction from the Muslim world. Releasing images of a dead person is disrespectful.
However, it is important to prove to the world that Osama Bin Laden is dead, and the White House has determined that it is more important to prove his death with a gruesome picture than to appease the Arab world.
According to CNN, there are three sets of pictures: one of Osama’s body in an aircraft hanger, photos from the raid itself, and pictures of the burial at sea. The official speaking to CNN said that the most identifying photo is also the most graphic, due to the gun shot to the head.
Release of the Osama Bin Laden picture may cause an increase in terror attacks by his followers.