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Fake Osama Bin Laden Death Photo Circulates Online

It looked a bit strange to us when we first saw the composite image and indeed it turns out to be a fake. This from the PHOTOblog:

An image circulating on the Internet and displayed on some television news programs abroad purports to show Osama bin Laden’s bloody corpse. No U.S. or Pakistani officials have confirmed its authenticity, and two U.S. officials have warned NBC News that the image is a hoax.

Based on an initial look into the image file, we agree, and think it’s a fake. At first glance, the pixelation around the “wound” area and the odd lack of transition between different colored cloth and flesh indicate that the image has been manipulated.

Furthermore, the facial expression and beard are very reminiscent of a 1998 image of bin Laden, the first picture shown below. Next to it, we show the original resolution of the “corpse” image as we’ve seen it (197 by 263 pixels), “flopped” 180 degrees on the horizontal axis to conform to the original 1998 image’s beard orientation. The third image is a blended image of the two, with the “corpse” image at 100 percent opacity below the original image at 43 percent opacity. The way the images “lock” in place at the mouth, beard and nose indicate to us that the image circulating on the Web and some foreign television outlets is nothing but a clumsy fake.

-- Luke Allnutt
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by: Anonymous
May 02, 2011 12:24
Interesting that this would happen hours before barack obama's trial on
his citizenship
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by: Anonymous
May 02, 2011 13:25
Interesting that someone would believe that such a trial even exists.
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by: Shaun from: NYC
May 02, 2011 16:48
there was a trail of obama's birth certificate? that's new to me...
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by: Tatiana from: NYC
May 02, 2011 22:06
wow, you sound stupid..Guess you've been watching FOX...
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by: Annie from: Philadelphia
May 03, 2011 20:01
Could you provide a link to such trial? there was one lawyer in Philly that tried but as far as I know the case was dismissed and that was back in 2008 before Obama was official candidate, they were fighting Hillary and him.

by: Khan from: Islamabad
May 02, 2011 17:41
Not only the image but the whole play sounds a fake one.

by: jamal from: somalia
May 02, 2011 18:43
I dont this is a true,what i can say is after american failed with their operation for ten yrs in afghan they just want to return home but they can not tell their people that they failed to catch just a single man so they figurized this issue
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by: Ollie North fan from: Squaresville
May 02, 2011 22:25
What, are you saying the Pakistanis are lying as well?
According to them, it was a joint operation. Hee hee hee!

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by: asdasdasd from: asdasd
May 03, 2011 08:50
then the pakistanis are the bad guys too. it's that simple.

by: Anonymous
May 04, 2011 14:15
osama bin laden is dead. the U.S. cant just come out with pictures of his dead body like it were nothing because it would then make us no better than the terrorists that attacked NYC and many other places across the globe. they might aswell put his head up on a stick and march it across the U.S. we saw pictures of saddam, his sons, hitler and other people who dared tread on the U.S. and we will see the pictures of bin laden soon enough.

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