White House press secretary Jay Carney slammed the Los Angeles Times for publishing the photos of US soldiers posing with the corpses of suicide bombers in Afghanistan by saying the Obama administration is “disappointed.. [with] the decision to publish two years after the incident,” according to the Weekly Standard’s Daniel Halper.
According to Halper, Carney inferred that the photos would put American soldiers’ lives at risk in Afghanistan and that because the photos were more than two years old, there wasn’t a pressing need to publish them.
“[The] conduct depicted in those photographs is reprehensible and does not in any way represent the high standards of the US military,” Carney said to reporters on Air Force One. “And the president certainly shares in the defense secretary’s opinion that this should be investigated and those held responsible will be held accountable.”
Times editor Davan Maharaj explained why the paper ran with the photos:
After careful consideration, we decided that publishing a small but representative selection of the photos would fulfill our obligation to readers to report vigorously and impartially on all aspects of the American mission in Afghanistan, including the allegation that the images reflect a breakdown in unit discipline that was endangering U.S. troops.
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