**Readers, please be aware that this story contains a graphic description of the wounds to bin Laden's head.
The White House has expressed concern that the photos of Osama bin Laden's body could be inflammatory if made public due the graphic nature of the images.
The United States is coming under increasing pressure to release photographic evidence to prove that the al-Qaida leader is dead.
The CIA is understood to be keen to have the images published in a bid to stem the growing number of conspiracy theories.
However, Washington-based reporter Robert Nisbet said President Barack Obama is reluctant to publish images because they are so graphic:
A senior US official who briefed journalists said an open gunshot would could be seen on bin Laden's forehead. Part of the skull is missing, revealing brain matter. One of his eyes is open, while the other is completely gone.