UK Guardian: Osama Bin Laden Corpse Photo is Fake (WARNING: GRAPHIC PHOTOS)
An image apparently showing a dead Osama bin Laden broadcast on Pakistani television and picked up by British newspaper websites is a fake.
The bloodied image of a man with matted hair and a blank, half-opened eye has been circulating on the internet for the past two years. It was used on the front pages of the Mail, Times, Telegraph, Sun and Mirror websites, though swiftly removed after the fake was exposed on Twitter.
It appears the fake picture was initially published by the Middle East online newspaper themedialine.org on 29 April 2009, with a warning from the editor that it was “unable to ascertain whether the photo is genuine or not”.
NBC News: Web’s Bin Laden ‘Death Photo’ (Just the Photo) is Fake (WARNING: GRAPHIC PHOTOS)
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.
At first, I became excited at the notion of seeing confirmation that Osama Bin Laden was dispatched with two rounds to the left side of his face. After all, the official reports from the White House said that it happened just like that. Then, I looked closely and you can see a varying degree of sharpness between the top and bottom portions of the photo.
Regardless, I do believe that the White House should release photographic evidence of Osama Bin Laden’s demise. I certainly do not blame the administration for burying his corpse at sea so as to prevent the creation of a shrine–though part of me objects to Bin Laden being afforded burial customs which he denied to thousands–but the administration should have been prepared for the skepticism that went along with such a procedure. Furthermore, this administration has been quick to advocate for the release of often-graphic images of detainee abuse — they should naturally be anything but averse to releasing the Bin Laden photos.