Saxby Chambliss may have been one of a handful of U.S. senators snowed by a fake picture of the indisputably dead Osama bin Laden. From CNN’s “Political Ticker:”
“[Chambliss}, the top Republican on the Senate Intelligence Committee, told CNN and other news organizations Wednesday morning he had seen photos. He described them as “what you would expect from somebody who’s been shot in the head. It’s not pretty.”
He went on to argue that the photos should be released.
“One of these days they’re going to be released; it’s a question of whether it be now on our terms or (let) somebody else do it,” said Chambliss.
Late Wednesday afternoon, Chambliss admitted to reporters a photo he had described earlier in the day was not an “official photo,” but rather a picture he was shown on an electronic device, and he does not know if it was authentic.
“Let me make this clear, the photo I saw was shown to me by somebody who represented it as being a picture of him after he was shot. I have no idea where it came from,” Chambliss said.
Chambliss was asked if he believed he was being shown an authentic photo. He responded, “Well it looked like it was a picture of bin Laden.”
Other senators who were handed the same information included Scott Brown, R-Mass, and Kelly Ayotte, R-NH. From the liberal blog site, Talking Points Memo:
“I was shown a picture — it looked like a picture of bin Laden,” Chambliss told TPM. “It appeared to be accurate but it was not.”
Chambliss said the photo was electronic and someone — not a senator or government official — had shown it to him, but he declined to elaborate.
About an hour before admitting the photo was a fake, he sent out a vague statement that basically conceded his mistake.
“While I am supportive of making pertinent information regarding this historic event available to the public, we must seriously consider the impact these photos could have if they inflame or provide an excuse to those wishing to harm the United States, both at home and abroad,” he said. “When I see the photos, I can make an informed judgment about the potential damage they may do.”
- By Jim Galloway, Political Insider