North Korea Releases Doctored Photos of Dictator

A recent photo of Kim Jong Il visiting a military unit released by the North Korean government appears to be a fake, the BBC and The Times are reporting.

(From the BBC)

There are three discrepancies in the photograph-

The shadow cast by Kim Jong Il’s legs does not match that of the officers.

The black line running behind the legs of the officers disappears when it approaches the legs of the dictator.

Mismatched pixels are visible to the right of Jong Il’s left foot, suggesting two photos were poorly spliced together.

AOLNews has the pictures in detail.

This suggests the rumors the the North Korean dictator is ill, likely with brain tumor, are true, and that he has not recovered well enough to even pose for propaganda photographs.

9 Responses to North Korea Releases Doctored Photos of Dictator

  1. Lorenz Gude says:

    The Reds haven’t gotten any better than they were in the good old Soviet days. I recall a shot where they airbrushed out someone who had been purged – I can’t remember his name but I think it might have been Lieberman – but they forgot to remove his shoes. Even with Photoshop they still can’t get it right.

  2. Windy Wilson says:

    Did he have an heir? Or has Pajama boy been playing with the starlets so much he never took time to see to the matter of succession?

    I intentionally use the language of feudal kingdoms here because that is what Communist regimes are.

  3. Vilmos says:

    Or there are other explanations:

    > The shadow cast by Kim Jong Il’s legs does not
    > match that of the officers.

    Eh, don’t forget, that he is above the laws of nature. Can you prove that he doesn’t bend the light in this case?

    > The black line running behind the legs of the
    > officers disappears when it approaches the legs
    > of the dictator.

    You obviously don’t understand these people’ ability to change their environment for the better. (Unfortunately, I am not…) Haven’t you realized that the Dear Leader is so perfect that even the black whitens around him? You clearly didn’t live in a communist country so you don’t know what these Double Gods are capable of.

    > Mismatched pixels are visible to the right of
    > Jong Il’s left foot, suggesting two photos
    > were poorly spliced together.

    My God, my God. Don’t you realize that the Dear Leader is so bright that his brightness just shines on his shoes? Remember, he is the guiding light in the Universe. Don’t forget, that when this Double God was born, there was a double rainbow (plural, or singular?). Obviously, he can recreate those rainbows, and they are just illuminating his shoes.

    OK, some more observations.

    1. According to the shadows of the legs, the Dear Leader stands a bit behind of the other two guys in the front row. But if you look at the upper bodies, then he stands a bit in front of their line. is he about just falling like a tree trunk? (Anybody remembers the very funny video where Fidel falls flat on his face?)

    2. Concentrate on the guy who is standing on the right of the Dear Leader (left on the picture). His head’s shadow is visible on the guy in the second row. But the shape of his hat doesn’t match that of the shadow. In comparison, the guy on the Dear Leader’s other side has a consistent hat and hat-shadow.

    3. Again, the guy with the inconsistent hat/shadow. Look at the color of his face. It is a bit dull. Now look the Dear Leader, and the other front-line guy’s face. It is clear that the sun shines on their faces.

    I wouldn’t be surprised, if the inconsistent guy was also faked.

    Vilmos

  4. Dan Phillips says:

    That photo wasn’t faked, according to one expert.

    http://www.sciam.com/blog/60-second-science/post.cfm?id=did-north-korea-fake-photos-of-kim-2008-11-10

    That of course doesn’t prove that the Dear Leader is healthy, or that the photo isn’t old.

    The banner in the photo, by the way, says, “Let’s dedicate our lives to safeguarding our great leader and comrade Kim and his top revolutionary leaders.”

    http://ap.google.com/article/ALeqM5jTZ_AGY3NA3E1aLdohHKfeA7PnqgD948NIAO0

  5. lexicon5 5 says:

    The line I can’t explain but the shadows can be…
    The uniforms are bulky and the soldiers appear to be a bit bowlegged where Kims legs are straight as an arrow. Because this shot is nearly straight on, we can’t see how much the pants legs tapper to the ankle from the front. Facial shadows and shadows on the upper garments appear to be similar. The only thing that MAY have happened is they made him taller. Nothing in the original makes me believe it was doctored.
    Just as with the supposed faked moon photographs, shadows CAN appear to run at different angles when shot with the same light source and the “faked” shots were debunked by Mythbusters and shown that it can happen. Depends on terrain. Is the material behind Kim angled sligtly to make the shadows appear to be different? Cant be judged from that photo.

  6. lexicon5 5 says:

    This is where the Conspiracy theorists are laughed at….see this photo: http://res.heraldm.com/content/image/2010/10/06/20101006001257_0.jpg
    Same black line missing. Different clothes on everybody…here’s what I think…it’s not uncommon to have an area made to be identifiable from a distance so they dont look silly trying to find where they are to stand. Could also be an area designated where NOT to stand if you’re NOT Kim. Another possibility that people miss because they’re NOT an evil dictator…that whole section COULD be bullet proofed so anybody BEHIND the bleachers can’t shoot through it. This can be put to bed…it’s not a doctored photo.

  7. Tony says:

    His image was enlarged and then photo-shopped to look taller than he really is!!! this man is really ridiculous…probably he has a … also SHORT! :D

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