FBI, the coveted investigative and intelligence body of USA, has recently come at the receiving end of Spanish politician Gaspar Llamazares(spokesman for the United Left Coalition), for using upper part of Llamazares’s face in digitally enhanced photos of Al Qaeda leader Osama bin laden in the recently updated photos on its website.

Llamazares, asserting that the matter affected the safety and freedom of innocent citizens, described it as very serious and did not deny taking a legal action against the US authorities. He also stated that the matter showed the low level of intelligence of U.S authorities.

Photo: Bin Laden from 1998 (left),  Bin Laden’s digitally altered image (center), Gaspar Llamazares (right)
Photo: Bin Laden from 1998 (left), Bin Laden’s digitally altered image (center), Gaspar Llamazares (right)

FBI spokes person, Jason Pack, acknowledged using the politician’s picture and said that they are aware of the similarities in the characteristics of an older Osama bin Laden and that of an existing picture of Llamazares. Pack explained that to produce the subject’s photo in advance years, a database of photographs is used by Forensic artists as a reference. In this case, the artist, not able to find the characteristics in the database took the characteristics from the photo of Llamazares on the internet, unaware of his identity.

Sources knowing Llamazares have affirmed the solidarity of Prime Minister Jose Luis Rodriguez Zapatero, Interior Minister Alfredo Perez Rubalcaba and Foreign Minister Miguel Angel Moratinos on the issue.

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