Is bin Laden dead? Conspiracy theorists think 'not'
As much of the world anxiously awaits photographic evidence of Osama bin Laden's demise at the hands of U.S. forces in Pakistan, conspiracy theorists are already putting their noses to the grindstone on alternate theories of what actually happened.
White House officials said today that while there are photos that prove bin Laden has been killed, they worry about the diplomatic repercussions of releasing the photos publicly, due to the allegedly graphic nature of the photos. The few reported photos of bin Laden's body have been called "gruesome" by CIA Director Leon Panetta. One of the photos reportedly shows bin Laden's body with a graphic gunshot wound to his head.
While some near Ground Zero are satisfied with the White House's version of events, others say that they don't believe bin Laden was buried at sea, as has been reported, and that he might even still be alive. Others have suggested that the 9/11 mastermind has been dead for quite some time, and that the move is merely a political strategy on President Obama's behalf, released in the hopes that it would bolster his favorability for re-election.
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