From: Andrew Johnson
Date: 2011-05-02 21:02:38
Attachments : Well, I suppose one of the papers has to declare the story as ridiculous – all helps to keep the truth obscured for as long as possible. After all, who would think of googling 9/11 and Hurricane Erin…? From: Kathy Roberts [mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org] Sent: 02 May 2011 20:45To: Undisclosed-Recipient: ;@smtp111.sbc.mail.mud.yahoo.comSubject: Absolute Proof Of Hoaxed Bin Laden ‘Death Photo’ – Pics www.guardian.co.uk/w… Osama bin Laden corpse photo is fake Image of bloodied man picked up by British newspapers has been circulating online for two years Amelia Hill guardian.co.uk, Monday 2 May 2011 12.03 BST Article history 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 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”. The 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.