Spanish politician`s hair used for Bin Laden photo: Report

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.

Updated: Jan 16, 2010, 22:58 PM IST

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