Guardian: 'Dead bin Laden image is fake'
Mon, 02 May 2011 19:27:50 GMT
The image of the dead face of al-Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden, aired on the Pakistani TV channel and then used by the British newspaper websites, is fake, the Guardian has revealed.
The current photo showing on different websites claiming to be bin Laden's corpse has used two different photos, which has been used online for the last two years.
The image claiming to show bin Laden's dead body has been on the internet since 2009. Several British newspaper websites used the photo on their front page; however, they were quickly forced to omit the photo as the fake image was published on Twitter.
The Guardian says the fake photo was first used on “themedialine.org," the Middle East online newspaper, on April 29, 2009. The editor had stated that, he could not make sure whether the published photo is genuine or fake.
Since 2009, several conspiracy forums have insisted that the photo was not fake and have accordingly claimed that the al-Qaeda leader was killed.
The real image was taken from bin Laden in 1998 and used by the Reuters news agency.
US President Barack Obama announced earlier on Monday that bin Laden was killed by the US forces on Sunday after he was found hiding in a compound in Pakistan.
Meanwhile, a US official says bin Laden's body has been buried at sea, alleging that his hasty burial was in accordance with Islamic law, which requires burial within 24 hours of death.
This is while burial at sea is not an Islamic practice and Islam does not determine a timeframe for burial.
Analysts are wondering why the US officials have buried bin Laden's body at sea, since they could apply the DNA test on his corpse in order to confirm his death.