The Associated Press has filed a Freedom of Information Act request for the photographic and video evidence taken during the raid on Osama bin Laden’s compound, explaining that it would like to see the material and compare it with other things that the public is being told about the raid both by U.S. officials and officials in other countries. AP senior managing editor Michael Oreskes says:
We’re not deciding in advance to publish this material. We would like our journalists, who are working very hard, to see this material and then we’ll decide what’s publishable and what’s not publishable based on the possibly that it’s inflammatory.
In the week since the raid there’s been a whole series of story-lines about what happened in this raid. At this point, anything that might shed more light on what occurred is potentially quite newsworthy. So we would like this imagery to fully understand what happened during this event.