US court rules bin Laden death photos can stay secret

May 21, 2013 20:38

WASHINGTON - A federal appeals court ruled on Tuesday that the US government had properly classified top secret more than 50 images of al-Qaida leader Osama bin Laden taken after his death, and that the government did not need to release them.

The unanimous ruling by three judges on the US Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit rejected a request for the images by a conservative nonprofit watchdog group.Judicial Watch sued for photographs and video from the May 2011 raid in which US special forces killed bin Laden in Abbottabad, Pakistan, after more than a decade of searching.

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