President Obama will not release hundreds of photos that are said to detail detainee abuse in Iraq and Afghanistan, Fox News is reporting.

Obama reportedly instructed his legal team that he was became uncomfortable with releasing the photos because he thought they would endanger U.S. troops abroad.

An unnamed White House official told Fox News the following:
"Obama would be the last to excuse the actions depicted in these photos," the official continued. "That is why the Department of Defense investigated these cases, and why individuals have been punished through prison sentences, discharges, and a range of other punitive measures.

"But the president strongly believes that the release of these photos, particularly at this time, would only serve the purpose of inflaming the theaters of war, jeopardizing US forces, and making our job more difficult in places like Iraq and Afghanistan."

In late April the administration said it planned to make the photos available after the American Civil Liberties Union Union filed a Freedom of Information Act lawsuit for their release.