The arguments against were clear: Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton consulted with allies in the Middle East and reported back that none thought the release of the photos would be in their interests. She and Secretary of Defense Robert Gates also worried that the images would provoke anti-American violence at embassies, consulates, and military bases overseas. The Muslim world might look askance at a desecrated dead body, even if it was Osama bin Laden's.This jibs with sense of the situation. Al Qaeda knows perfectly well he's dead so who are we trying to convince? Those arguing for the release of the photos seem to be offering a solution for a problem that does not exist. Nothing good would come from the releasing those photos.
Accounting for the morbid curiosity of human beings, there is little appetite, outside the media and some political elites, for the photos.
Reporters are obligated to ask, and even demand, as much information as possible. It is the job of responsible government to know when to say 'no'.