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Osama bin Laden corpse photo is fake

Posted by Ram Kumar Shrestha on May 2, 2011

Image of bloodied man picked up by British newspapers has been circulating online for two years

An image purporting to show Osama bin Laden's bloody corpse, right, is a composite of two separate images, left and centre. Photograph: twitpic

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 on 29 April 2009, with a warning from the editor that it was “unable to ascertain whether the photo is genuine or not”.

Daily Mail publishes fake Osama bin Laden pictureThe Daily Mail was one of the newspaper websites to publish the fake picture of Osama bin Laden’s body.Since then, however, the image has been claimed as genuine on a number of conspiracy forums and used to substantiate claims that the terrorist responsible for the 9/11 bombings had been killed.

The Guardian was one of the few sites to hold back from using the manipulated image on its front page, reporting the picture’s existence in its live blog but questioning its legitimacy.

The image is based on a genuine photograph of Bin Laden taken in 1998 and used by the Reuters news agency.

On Twitter, a composite including the other photograph used to make the image was posted by @HannahMarbina and other users showed how easy it was to find the image already online with a simple search.


5 Responses to “Osama bin Laden corpse photo is fake”

  1. […] And…. it's a fake. […]

    • ses said

      I would imagine the real picture had to be doctored. Think of what was going though their mind when they captured him hiding behind a woman without his dress and vail to sneak around. He murdered almost 3,000 in a building where people were working to feed their family and had to choose to be burned alive or jump to their death. I imagine his real carcus looked a lot worse than that picture. He is responsible for many wars and many murders for his stardom of satanic rituals.

  2. yes said

    may allah send blessings and mercy in the grave of this man if he is really dead. Ameen

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  4. Eventhought I come from Singapore, it’s always educative to discover legal matters in other countries!

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