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Spanish MP’s photo used for Osama Bin Laden poster by FBIs’ cutting-edge photo technology

A photo of Bin Laden from 1998 (left) was digitally altered using elements from an image of Gaspar Llamazares (right)

Gaspar Llamazares, a Spanish politician was shocked to find out the FBI had used his photo for a digitally-altered image in a new Most Wanted poster of the world’s most notorious terrorist, showing how Osama Bin Laden might look. The FBI admitted a forensic artist had obtained certain facial features “from a photograph he found on the internet”. The digitally-altered photos of the al-Qaeda leader, showing how he might look now, aged 52, were published on the state department’s Rewards for Justice website on Friday. The FBI claimed to have used “cutting edge” technology, “When producing age-progressed photographs, forensic artists typically select features from a database of stock reference photographs to create the new image.” “After a preliminary review, it appears that in this instance 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,” said an FBI spokesman to BBC.

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