Maryland Congressman to View bin Laden Death Photos

Qualifies with two committee memberships

Wednesday, May 11, 2011  |  Updated 11:08 AM EDT
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A Herndon, Va., company took satellite pictures that helped the Defense Department attack Osama bin Laden's compound.

Jim Handly

A Herndon, Va., company took satellite pictures that helped the Defense Department attack Osama bin Laden's compound.

U.S. Rep. C.A. Dutch Ruppersberger (D-Md., 2nd District) is one of the select members of Congress who will be permitted to view photographs of Osama bin Laden’s body, according to his spokeswoman, Heather Molino.

NBC News has learned that all members of the House and Senate Intelligence and Armed Services Committees will have the opportunity to view the bin Laden death photos at CIA Headquarters.

Members will not be allowed to duplicate or take any photos with them.

Ruppersberger is the ranking member of the House Intelligence Committee and a member of the Armed Services Committee.

He is planning to view the photos at CIA headquarters either later Wednesday or on Thursday, depending on how long an Armed Services Committee markup on the defense authorization bill takes today, Molino said.

The Baltimore Sun reported that Ruppersberger is part of the "Gang of Eight" -- the group of congressional leaders who are privy to the country's most secretive intelligence information.

Accordng to the paper, Ruppersberger was briefed in the months leading up to the attack on bin Laden's compound, and received a call from CIA Director Leon Panetta alerting him to the killing hours before it was announced to the country.

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