White House Press Secretary Jay Carney said that the Los Angeles Times editors were warned ahead of time that publishing photos of soldiers posing with Afghan corpses would endanger soldiers.
"The Pentagon obviously urged the newspaper not to publish these photos," Carney told reporters today. "There are issues that I think are quite clear to you and I think were made clear to the editor about the dangers that publishing photographs like that can create for our men and women in uniform as well as our civilian personnel in Afghanistan."
Times Editor Davan Maharaj explained the decision in the story, saying, "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."
Carney said that he was "very disappointed that -- or at least I will echo what the Defense Department said about the decision made to publish these photographs two years after the incident."