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FBI: Release of marathon suspect photo right call

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  • Boston Marathon bombing survivor Jeff Bauman acknowledges cheering fans before throwing out a ceremonial first pitch at Fenway Park May 28, 2013. Bauman, who lost both legs in the bombings and then helped authorities identify the suspects, is engaged and an expectant father. He and his fiancé, Erin Hurley, say the baby is due July 14.

      Boston Marathon bombing survivor Jeff Bauman acknowledges cheering fans before throwing out a ceremonial first pitch at Fenway Park May 28, 2013. Bauman, who lost both legs in the bombings and then helped authorities identify the suspects, is engaged and an expectant father. He and his fiancé, Erin Hurley, say the baby is due July 14.
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BOSTON -- FBI officials say they debated whether to release photos that led to the capture of a suspect in last year's bombing at the Boston Marathon that killed three people and injured hundreds of others.

Stephanie Douglas, executive assistant director of the FBI's National Security Division, said in a "60 Minutes" interview aired Sunday that releasing images of Dzhokhar Tsarnaev was the right thing to do even though an MIT police officer was killed soon after.

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Prosecutors say Tsarnaev and his brother, Tamerlan, killed officer Sean Collier while on the run.

Douglas says law enforcement "really had no choice" but to release the photos.

She says an argument against releasing the security camera images was that they could have provided an incentive for the still unidentified suspects to escape.

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