Update: In an interview with The Atlantic Wire after he returned from the CIA headquarters, Inhofe described the photos he saw. He said he was shown 15 photos. A dozen of those were taken at the Abbottabad compound and appear to be "taken right after the instant he was shot." They sound gruesome. They show a massive head wound in the ear and eye. "The brains were coming out of his socket," Inhofe said. But he said three other photos were taken on board the ship before bin Laden's sea burial. In these, the body has been cleaned up and Inhofe, who has advocated releasing the photos, said, "It's much more reasonable to show the public these photos."
U.S. Senator James Inhofe will be the first member of Congress to take up the CIA's offer to view the postmortem photographs of Osama bin Laden at a Northern Virginia facility. Inhofe's visit is scheduled for 3:30 p.m. today. In the past week, the Oklahoma Republican has argued that the Obama administration should release the photos to the public to combat conspiracy theories regarding the death of bin Laden.
Inhofe's spokesman Jared Young told The Atlantic Wire, "Senator Inhofe views it as part of his responsibility as a member of the Armed Services Committee to be able to validate the photo and hopefully dispel conspiracy theorists who don't believe bin Laden is dead." Young added, "He may change his mind after he views them but he thinks the administration should make the photos public."