Osama bin Laden corpse photo is fake

Bin Laden

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”.

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.

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  1. rass
    May 3, 2011

    There are reports stating that bin laden was unarmed when navy seals entered the compond, and my question is, why could’nt they take him out alive? I would like to hear his side of the story, something smell fishy as to why would they rather have him dead.

    • mouth of the south
      May 3, 2011

      who told u so,,, in fact the reason he was shot was cause he shot back,,, guess he couldn’t take his own life as he had promised,,, instead the coward use one of his wives as a human shield,,,,

    • mag weh sah
      May 3, 2011

      yah he was un armed but how did they know that b4 they shot him? i bet u he mayb dive for sumn n they lunch his ass b4 he got to it..


    • hmm
      May 4, 2011

      take him out alive for what? if you came face to with bin laden would you wait till he was armed? you are not a navy seal, you were not infront of bin laden, it is none of your damn business why he was not taken out alive but dont stop asking :mrgreen:

      take him alive my as*.

  2. a nice guy
    May 3, 2011

    like i said.. educate urselves… these ppl really think the rest of the world are fools and will believe anything they tell us… a few facts to remember:

    NEWS ORGANIZATIONS ARE A BUSINESS,,, hence they will to or publish anything, as long as it is in the best interest of there stakeholders or owners

    WHEN U READ NEWS.. first ask yourself.. what are they selling.. could be an opinion.. a side of a story.. or influence

    LASTLY… THERE IS NO LAW IN THE WORLD THAT REQUIRES NEWS AGENCIES TO PUBLISH OR TELL THE TRUTH.. NONE.. NOT ONE.. but still they get preferential treatment as being designated news agencies with the purpose of informing the public

  3. Nacho
    May 3, 2011

    OG it seems like YOU are the stupid one that cannot read. If you could read you would see that it says the picture has been a fake and has been circulating on the internet for the past 2 YEARS you dumb @ss. Take notes.. No nation cannot defeat the US. It doesnt matter if they find you 10 years later they will find you. Gaddafi better look out. He’s next… I wonder what Chavez has to say. Lol

  4. O.G.
    May 3, 2011

    now what do the stupid americans have to say???

  5. Protective.....Law..
    May 3, 2011

    well…well…well…whats the best way to gain back the confidence of the American people after all what u tried to do was never enough for the Republicans ..that’s a good one but don’t buy any of it..another political stunt..lets see how long this one last…

  6. Mr Sout City
    May 3, 2011

    I mean the photoshop on the picture was terrible..

  7. Cal Fawin
    May 3, 2011

    Whoops, Nevermind my last comment, Don’t publish either :lol: :lol:

  8. wawww WAWW
    May 3, 2011

    I really wonder if america (and whoever else) really thinks that becuz the man is dead (or maybe not dead who knows?) that they’ve really won..in the 10 yrs it took they really don’t think the man maybe trained his whole nation ? everybody out praising and celebrating not even seeing the retaliation thats about to happen..it’s about to be world war and those who think otherwise are crazy! do you kno that some of these people in the other lands don’t even value life? they think suicide bombing/killing n what not is a way of life…so u think these people will feel anyway bombing entire nations?

    no wonder there are so many earthquakes for real..the end is maybe truly near.

  9. wondering i wz here 1st
    May 3, 2011

    where the photo? :?: :?: :?:

    Admin: Click on link below story.

  10. mouth of the south
    May 3, 2011

    every one want piece of the action,,, i posted it on f.b since early monday morning as a prank,,, most peeps know its a fake,,, them media houses wanna sell some papers lol

  11. Interesting....
    May 3, 2011

    Wow, looks like a cover up.

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