White House: No point appealing photos' lawsuit

WASHINGTON (AP) - The White House says it was clear an appeal of a court ruling ordering the administration to release photographs of prisoners abused by U.S. military or civilian personnel in Iraq and Afghanistan would not succeed.

White House spokesman Robert Gibbs said Friday that Department of Justice lawyers concluded they would lose if they fought a judge's order to release those photos.

Gibbs said President Barack Obama is not worried his political agenda will be compromised by pictures depicting abuse under his predecessor.

The pictures will be released by May 28.

The Defense Department will release a "substantial number" of photographs as a result of a lawsuit filed by the American Civil Liberties Union.

(Copyright 2009 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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