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White House to Release Osama Death Photo

5/3/2011 8:49 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

President Barack Obama has decided to release at least one photo of Osama bin Laden's corpse ... this according to The Drudge Report.

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So far, no word on when the White House plans to release the first image.

A senior U.S. official tells CNN ... there are 3 sets of photos that were taken from the day OBL was killed: 1) Photos of OBL's body taken at a hangar moments after the raid. 2) Photos of the burial at sea. 3) Photos of the raid itself.

The official explains ... the photo that most clearly shows OBL's face is also the most graphic -- due to the massive head wound across his face. Officials do not believe it is suitable to run in the media, however it's the photo that most clearly identifies the son of a bitch.

Until then, beware the fakes.

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