Spanish politician`s hair used for Bin Laden photo: Report
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Last Updated: Saturday, January 16, 2010, 22:58
  
Madrid: US authorities used the features of a Spanish politician known for his anti-American positions in a new computer-generated photo of Al-Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden, El Mundo newspaper reported on Saturday.

The FBI's contemporary representation of Bin Laden, with greying hair and a stubble, was visible for several hours on the most wanted "Rewards for Justice" website, before it was removed.

An FBI technician, acting on his own initiative, searched the Internet for images and used the hair and forehead of Gaspar Llamazares, a left-leaning Spanish deputy, according to FBI spokesman Ken Hoffman.

He was not satisfied with the solutions offered for hair by the programme the FBI uses and instead sourced features from a photograph he found on the Internet, Hoffman explained.

Hoffman said the action went against FBI procedure.

Llamazares said today he would formally request an explanation from the American authorities and reserved the right to file a lawsuit against the United States.

"Bin Laden's security is not in danger, but mine is!" he said.

PTI


First Published: Saturday, January 16, 2010, 22:58


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