Wednesday, May 4, 2011

Is this the real photo of Osama's body?

Is this a fake or real photo of dead Saudi-born businessman and the world’s most wanted terrorist, Osama bin Laden?
The photo purporting to be a leaked photo of a dead Osama bin Laden but clearly showing a wound on the right side of the victims head
Late on the evening of Tuesday, May 3, 2011, image No1 was posted on LiveLeak purporting to be a leaked US administration photo of a dead Osama bin Laden being cradled in the hands of a US special forces soldier. The photo ran with the caveat: “Note: Liveleak cannot confirm the authenticity of this Osama Bin Laden dead picture”.
The same photo flipped to show a wound to the left eye as described
Internet observers quickly pointed out that reports from the White House had previously stated that Osama bin Laden had been killed by a single gunshot wound to the left eye, and Photo #1 clearly shows a wound above the right eye.

When the image purporting to be that of the dead Osama bin Laden is flipped horizontal nothing immediately looks out of the ordinary.

As some web commentators stated, one would expect better quality photos coming from the killing of Osama bin Laden. No doubt if he was still alive, Walter Cronkite would have been on the lead chopper.

Knowing that the White House watched the killing of Osama bin Laden live it reasonable to suspect that any leaked image is likely at this early stage to be from the video feed.

Stripping out the green “night vision” look produces Photo #3 (left).

Photo #4 (right) purporting to be that of Osama bin Laden has had some minor enhancements to brightness, contrast and been increased in size marginally.

What do you think? Is this Fake, or a Photo?

Footnote: Early on the morning of Tuesday, May 4, 2011 the US CIA issued a warning to people not to open eMails purporting to contain attached photos of Osama bin Laden dead as such eMails contain a computer virus.

[John Le Fevre is a photo-journalist and the above is taken from his blog at - Ed.]


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