Opinion: Poll: Should Obama release detainee abuse photos?


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The Times’ editorial board in the coming days will most likely address President Obama’s decision to block the release of new photos showing alleged abuse of prisoners by U.S. personnel in overseas prisons. The administration’s policy is a reversal of the Defense Department’s previously stated position on the issue.

Here’s the administration’s position:


‘The president was concerned about harm to the troops,’ White House Press Secretary Robert Gibbs said Wednesday afternoon. ‘The president, as you all know, met with his legal team last week because he did not feel comfortable with the release of the photos.’ Gibbs added, ‘the president reflected on this case and believes that they have the potential to pose harm to the troops. ... Nothing is added by the release of the photos.’

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