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GOP Congressman: Bin Laden Photos ‘Have to Be Released’

ABC News(WASHINGTON) -- As the Obama White House weighs whether to release photographic evidence of Osama bin Laden’s death, voices in Congress are calling for that to happen fast, to put to rest conspiracy theories that have already sprung up online.

“The photos have to be released,” Rep. Joe Heck, R-Nev., a member of the House Select Committee on Intelligence, told ABC News on Tuesday. “Most definitely -- to make sure we get rid of any conspiracy theorists that think that we didn't take care of bin Laden.”

Heck also held off on condemning Pakistan for not helping locate bin Laden, despite the fact that he was hiding in a large home in a populated area not far from the nation’s capital.

“I don't think we need to cut off aid just yet. We need to further clarify our relationship with Pakistan,” Heck said. “We certainly have had some challenges with sharing of information, with being allowed access to execute missions. But they are still a critical asset and ally in the fight against terror and we need to continue to maintain that relationship.”

“All indications at this time are that they did not know” that bin Laden was in Pakistan, Heck continued. “The higher-ups did not know. But you know, as we've said, [he was] hiding in plain sight.”

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