UPDATE: Brown says he has not seen bin Laden photos, urges against release

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May 4, 2011, 10:32 am
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UPDATE (3:30pm): Senator Brown's office tells NECN this afternoon that the bin Laden photos the Senator mentions seeing about 2 minutes into the clip here were not authentic - however the Senator's position on the release of the images remains the same. He is opposed to the public release of the photos.

(NECN) - Massachusetts Sen. Scott Brown has seen dead photos of al-Qaida leader Osama bin Laden, and was given confidential information about the raid killing him during classified briefings.

"Let me assure you that he is dead, that bin Laden is dead... and in fact we've received the briefings and continue to get the briefings," he told NECN's Alison King. Sen. Brown stated that he did not favor the release of any photos of bin Laden. "If it's to sell newspapers or just have a news cycle story, no, I don't think they should be released."

Brown cautioned that before the government decides to release the pictures, they must consider sensitivities within the Muslim and Arab world, and remember that the United States still has men and women serving overseas. He congratulated those servicemembers, the Bush administration, the Obama administration, and intelligence leaders with finally gunning bin Laden down.

"This is something that everybody can just go, 'hey, atta boy, we did it together,'" he said.

Brown also wants the U.S. to re-evaluate foreign aid sent to Pakistan every year.

"We need to have partners who want to play, and if we're going to give them a tremendous amount of taxpayer dollars, there is a quid pro quo, and we need to make sure that we get a good value for that dollar," he said.

Brown also echoed an editorial he sent to the Boston Herald, defending his record against a slew of new targeted television ads against him from the League of Women voters. The ad blasts him for voting with Senate Republicans to ban the EPA from controlling gases blamed for climate change, and shows a child breathing through an oxygen mask.

"Bottom line, it's not true, and it's false," he said. "As a father, and somebody who has children, there's no way in the world that I would do anything to hurt children."

Tags: barack Obama, George W. Bush, massachusetts, photos, Scott Brown, ads , Alison King, Osama bin Laden, Senator, League of Women Voters
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