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A graphic image of what was reported to be Osama bin Laden's bloodied face, which went viral on the Internet and was plastered on the front page of newspapers around the world, is a fake.

The lower part of the photograph, which shows his partially opened mouth and graying beard, is almost identical to another image of bin Laden published years ago. The upper half shows his wounds in detail greater than that of the rest of the photo and there are unusual and abrupt shifts in the coloration of his skin.

 A photographer consulted by CNN said the gruesome photograph is most definitely not real.

"I have seen a great number of poorly Photoshopped images in my time as a photographer and I can tell by the pixels that it is a fake," said Kenna Lindsay, a New York-based photographer who works with composite images.

The Guardian newspaper in Britain reported the picture is actually a combination of two photographs: a bloodied corpse and a real image of bin Laden that was taken in 1998 and used by the Reuters news agency.

The doctored image blanketed the Internet in the hours after bin Laden's death and was picked up by news groups far and wide, in places like Pakistan, Afghanistan, Senegal and Iraq.

Meanwhile, U.S. officials are weighing whether to release an actual image of bin Laden's corpse. A photograph could help to convince doubters about his death, but it also could inflame passions against the United States.

"I'll be candid that there are sensitivities here in terms of the appropriateness of releasing photographs of Osama bin Laden in the aftermath of this firefight," White House Press Secretary Jay Carney told reporters Tuesday. "We're making an evaluation about the need to do that."

A senior government official involved in the discussions said a photo release could come as early as Tuesday.

A second government official familiar with intelligence matters said deliberations are leaning toward a release, but emphasized that the decision "isn't unanimous and everyone has understandable hesitation."

(CNN)

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  • appuhamy Wednesday, 04 May 2011 04:51 AM

    Since Al qaida didn't confirm he is live or died it is hard to tell but photo might be a fake

    Dr Harsha Wednesday, 04 May 2011 04:52 AM

    How many times osama bin laden has to die.? so likewise this also false story and fake images are embedded with his previous images. Moreover Al Quaida is strongly saying Bin laden is still alive and they completely deniying this false story made by US. So US is cheating the world?. The big question is why US can not show even a video after this death? If it was true?

    Hameed Wednesday, 04 May 2011 04:57 AM

    Bin Laden is a powerful man, so its not easy to kill him like US think...US has all powerful resources, even though they failed to do this. At finally, US could not do a proper image editing work to beleive the world. What a shame and what disgrace for cheating the entire world. Its shows their incapabilities to catch this man.. "TRUTH ALWAYS WIN"

    Nimal Wednesday, 04 May 2011 04:45 AM

    PAK is most dangerous than any terror group..........they hide in Osama all these years in million dollar mansion with enough security around it. But US prove it their power again that they entered to Pakistan territory from Afghanistan using 4 choppers and SEALS forces even Pakistani government didn't know about that by evading Pakistan radar system.

    Mission Fail Wednesday, 04 May 2011 04:59 AM

    So United Sates mission fails in this as well?

    Karu Wednesday, 04 May 2011 05:01 AM

    This photo is obviously fake.........but his dead is real

    raul Wednesday, 04 May 2011 04:59 AM

    WHERE IS THE BLOOD ON A DEAD BODY?

    saki Rw Wednesday, 04 May 2011 05:28 AM

    why US did not show a video to world at least his body?

    Aruna Wednesday, 04 May 2011 06:24 AM

    If osama is alive he would have made a statement already. I think this news is fake :D

    Kumara Wednesday, 04 May 2011 03:21 AM

    Similar comments sprung up when the body of Prabhakaran' was published.

    The Liberal Wednesday, 04 May 2011 09:32 AM

    well let's just hope he is as dead as prabhakaran. the world is better off without those savages

    Knight Rider Wednesday, 04 May 2011 04:11 AM

    it so obvious ! typical Hollywood drama badly performed !

    Travis Wednesday, 04 May 2011 04:16 AM

    Next time get some advise from Channel 4. Now they are quite experienced at this.

    SL voice Wednesday, 04 May 2011 04:24 AM

    no doubt, his nose is a good evidence. compare with nose


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