FBI To Remove Bin Laden Photo That Resembles Spaniard


A Spanish legislator told the Associated Press that he is protesting the FBI’s using his photograph as part of a digitally enhanced image showing what Osama bin Laden might look like today. Gaspar Llamazares of the United Left party said he would no longer feel safe traveling to the U.S. after his hair and facial wrinkles were taken from the Internet and used on wanted posters updating the U.S. government’s 1998 photo of the al-Qaida leader.

The FBI said it was aware of the similarities between their age-progressed image “and that of an existing photograph of a Spanish public official.” The FBI said, “The forensic artist was unable to find suitable features among the reference photographs and obtained those features, in part, from a photograph he found on the Internet.” The photo appeared on a U.S. State Department Web site, rewardsforjustice.net, where a reward of up to $25 million is offered for bin Laden. The FBI said the photo of bin Laden will be removed from the Web site.

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