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Originally posted by Abbby
Wikileaks-Solomonts January 18 2010 meeting with Spanish Minister of Interior Rubalcaba
........They discussed....the controversy surrounding the FBI's use of a Spanish politicians photograph from the internet to create an image of the bureaus most wanted terrorist, Osama Bin Laden..."
A cable from the Madrid embassy contains this remark. Has anybody heard anything about this? I don't know if they were just clowning around, playing an office prank, used this diplomats image as a joke and word got back to the diplomat or if they were attempting to forge images of Bin Laden. But then again, with technology as it is today why would they need the diplomats photo to create a current image of bin laden, why not just use an old photo of the real bin laden? Any thoughts?
I don't start a whole lot of threads here so I'm kinda feeling my way around posting this and hope I do it right. My apologies if it's sloppy but I thought it warrants posting.
3.(C) The [American] Ambassador reiterated USG[overnment] regret that Spanish politician and congressional deputy Gaspar Llamazare's photo had been used to create an age-processed image of Osama bin Laden. He explained that the FBI forensic artist had selected features from a database of stock reference photographs to create the image and was unaware the subject he used was a Spanish politician. He added that there was no political or other motivation, that the similarities between the photos (posted on the Rewards for Justice website) were unintentional and inadvertent. Ambassador said that the Embassy had acknowledged the error and contacted Llamazares on January 16 who seemed satisfied with our outreach. Even so, the FBI was looking into the process that led to the unintended depiction and would offer a letter of explanation. Embassy Legatt would be contacting Llamazares to set up a meeting to clarify the matter. Rubalcaba welcomed the Embassy actions to put the controversy to rest, noting that Llamazares, despite his leftist leanings, was a good chap with lots of common sense.
Originally posted by lewman
its a good job that politician didnt spend his summer vacation in the tora bora mountains or he would be screwed.