Oops! FBI Used Google Pic of Spanish Guy for Bin Laden Wanted Poster
January 16, 2010
(ChattahBox)— Oh, man! This is really embarrassing. This week, the State Department released new digitally updated photos of al-Qaida leader and 9/11 plotter, Osama bin Laden. The picture on file of
the terrorist fugitive was nearly a decade old. So, FBI technicians were tasked with aging bin Laden’s image using high-tech computer software. Two new updated photos were produced and recently posted on the U.S. Department of State’s Rewards for Justice Web site. One photo depicted bin Laden with a trimmed beard and close cropped hair and another showed him sporting a graying long bead. Well, a Spanish lawmaker noticed something familiar about the photo of bin Laden with short hair. It was him!
Gaspar Llamazares 52, of Madrid noticed that his forehead, hair and jaw-line had been used from an old campaign photograph available on Google images. The FBI admitted that a technician had used parts of Llamazares’ photo to make Osama bin Laden’s cropped hair look more realistic in the enhanced photo.
Ken Hoffman, a spokesman for the FBI, said “The technician had no idea whose image he had found and no dark motive for using it.”
Llamazares says that he is now fearful that he may be mistaken for the dangerous terrorist. “Bin Laden’s safety is not threatened by this but mine certainly is,” said Llamazares.
The image has since been removed from the Rewards for Justice Web site.