Spanish politician may sue FBI over bin Laden photo

LLamazares is a former leader of Spain's communist party Izquierda Unida and is currently its parliamentary spokesman.

Spanish politician may sue FBI over bin Laden photo

A Spanish lawmaker was stunned and horrified to find out that the FBI used his photograph as part of a digitally enhanced image showing what Osama bin Laden might look like today.

Gaspar Llamazares of the United Left party said he would no longer feel safe traveling to the United States after his hair and facial wrinkles appeared on a wanted poster updating the U.S. government's 1998 photo of Osama bin Laden.

Llamazares said on Saturday, "Firstly I will ask the FBI for an explanation, which they haven't given me yet, and then I will reserve the right to take legal action," Gaspar Llamazares told CNN+.

"In the last few days I have seen the security services involved in some very strange things, some major failures, but I would never have believed they could have affected me so directly," he said.

LLamazares is a former leader of Spain's communist party Izquierda Unida and is currently its parliamentary spokesman.

An FBI agent said the organisation was aware of similarities between the image -- an "age-progressed photograph" intended to give an updated idea of bin Laden's appearance -- and that of "an existing photograph of a Spanish public official".

Special agent Jason Pack said a forensic artist had been unable to find suitable features from the FBI's database of photographs and used a picture from the Internet instead.

"The forensic artist was not aware of the identity of the individual depicted in the photograph," Pack said, adding that the image would be taken off the "Rewards for Justice" website, a State Department site.

Agencies


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