And he's not the only member of the committee claiming to have seen -- or to soon be in a position to see -- the photos, according to Fox News:
"We hear they will be made available," Sen. Ben Nelson, D-Neb., a panel member, told Fox.
Tara Andringa, spokeswoman to Committee Chairman Carl Levin, D-Mich., confirmed this.
"We expect committee members will be able to see them, but we don't know when," Andringa said.
Already, two GOP members of the panel have seen at least one photo, Saxby Chambliss of Georgia and Kelly Ayotte of New Hampshire.
Ayotte said she would not describe the photo she saw as "gruesome,"
as many officials have said. "They looked like (bin Laden). I could
identify him," the freshman senator told Fox.
If all members of the committee had access to the photo, that would mean that, along with Brown, committee Chairman Carl Levin (D-Mich.), Sens. John McCain (R-Ariz.) and Joseph Lieberman (I-Conn.), and other members of the Armed Service Committee would see it as well.
As of now, the question of who has seen the photo draws somewhat vague replies. "It's conceivable" that members of the committee have seen the photos, says Bryan Thomas, a spokesman for Levin, "but I don't know it to be true."
Lieberman's office said the senator has not seen the photos. "Senator
Lieberman understands that this was a difficult judgment and respects
the decision of the President to not release the photos. Senator
Lieberman has not seen the photos, but he has been briefed on their
content," Jeremy Kirkpatrick, the Connecticut independent's deputy press secretary, emailed.
It was unclear if Ayotte and Chambliss saw the same photos Brown had seen or different ones.
Has anyone else in the government seen the photographs?
The White House so far is mum. "I'm not going to get into who and where -- who's seen the photographs
or where they are," said White House Press Secretary Jay Carney at
With President Obama's decision to abstain from releasing the bin Laden death photos to the public, it's possible that circulation -- or even exhibition, as at a briefing -- of such material inside the chambers of Congress may eventually lead to their eventual distribution to media outlets and organizations like Wikileaks. Certainly, providing them to the legislative body that oversees the military affairs of the executive branch is both prudent and necessary, but should photographic proof of bin Laden's death trickle down through the government, the files, as our Technology Channel is fond of noting, will get out.