Photograph of Barack Hussein Obama, the 44th President of the United States and the 2009 Nobel Peace Prize Laureate enjoying the killing of Osama Bin Laden and his associates on May 02, 2011.
The death of Osama bin Laden gave rise to various conspiracy theories, hoaxes, and rumors. These included the notions that bin Laden had been dead for years, or was still alive. Doubts about bin Laden's death were fueled by the U.S. military's disposal of his body at sea, the decision to not release photographic evidence of bin Laden's death, and a 25-minute blackout during the raid on bin Laden's compound during which a live feed from cameras mounted on the helmets of the U.S. special forces was cut off. On May 2, 2011, An image showing a dead Osama bin Laden broadcast on Pakistani television and picked up on front pages of the Mail, Times, Telegraph, Sun, and the Mirror website, as well the Associated Press though swiftly removed after the fake was exposed on Twitter. On May 4, 2011, the Obama administration announced it would not release any images of bin Laden's dead body. The administration had considered releasing the photos to dispel rumors of a hoax, at the risks of perhaps prompting another attack by al Qaeda and of releasing very graphic images to people who might find them disturbing. Several photos of the aftermath of the raid were given to Reuters by an anonymous Pakistani security official, but though all appeared to be authentic, they were taken after the U.S. forces had left and none of them included evidence regarding bin Laden's fate. The Associated Press and Judicial Watch filed Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) requests for the photos and videos as of May 3, 2011. Legally, the government has 20 business days to respond to such requests. (Wikipedia)