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Osama bin Laden corpse photo is fake
Image of bloodied man picked up by British newspapers has been circulating online for two years
guardian.co.uk, <time datetime="2011-05-02T12:03BST" pubdate="">Monday 2 May 2011 12.03 BST </time> <li class="history">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.
Where Osama bin Laden was killed - Abbottabad map
An annotated map shows Osama bin Laden's compound and its proximity to Pakistan military sites
guardian.co.uk, <time datetime="2011-05-02T15:53BST" pubdate="">Monday 2 May 2011 15.53 BST </time>
<small>View Abbottabad map in a larger map</small>
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