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- Photos showing Obama, Clinton and Rice with Osama bin Laden were altered.
If you’ve come across images purporting to show President Barack Obama, Hillary Clinton or Condoleezza Rice with former al-Qaida leader Osama bin Laden, you’re probably not alone.
These images have been around for years. But they’re photoshopped.
"Have they forgotten these pictures," reads the text over a Jan. 24 Facebook post that splices together three separate photos of Obama, Clinton and Rice, each one manipulated to make it appear as though they were posing with bin Laden.
The post was flagged as part of Facebook’s efforts to combat false news and misinformation on its News Feed. (Read more about our partnership with Facebook.)
That image appeared in a 2007 Photoshop contest on FreakingNews.com and gained traction after a Russian official was duped into talking about it on state TV. The original photo shows Clinton shaking Indian musician Shubhashish Mukherjee’s hand in 2004.
Other fact-checkers have also addressed the image of bin Laden with Rice, the former secretary of state and national security adviser to President George W. Bush. That image appeared in an "April Fool's Day" Photoshop contest on FreakingNews.com in 2007.
Finally, other fact-checkers have also debunked the third image, which shows Obama wearing a Hawaiian lei and smiling beside a thumbs-up-giving bin Laden. The real photo shows Obama and Hawaii attorney Andre Wooten.
According to Andre Wooten’s Facebook page, the photo was taken in December 2005 when Obama, then a U.S. senator representing Illinois, visited Honolulu. Barbee-Wooten told the Daily Caller’s Check Your Fact that she snapped the original photo.
We rate this Facebook post Pants on Fire!
Facebook post, Jan 24, 2020
Various reverse image searches on Google, TinEye
Check Your Fact, "Fact Check: Did Hillary Clinton, Barack Obama and Condoleezza Rice Pose for Photos with Osama Bin Laden?" Dec. 19, 2019
Check Your Fact, "Fact Check: Did Condoleezza Rice Pose for a Photo with Osama Bin Laden?" April 23, 2019
BBC, "Reality check: Was Hillary Clinton photographed with Osama bin Laden?" Oct. 31, 2017
Snopes, "Condoleezza Rice and Osama Bin Laden," Feb. 19, 2015
Snopes, "Hillary Clinton Meets Osama bin Laden," June 5, 2015
"African American Attorneys In Hawaii" on Google Books, accessed Feb. 19, 2020
Website for attorneys Andre and Daphne Wooten, accessed Feb. 19, 2020
Andre Wooten on Facebook, March 10, 2009
Andre Wooten on LinkedIn, accessed Feb. 19, 2020
FreakingNews.com, "April Fools day," April 1, 2007
FreakingNews.com, "HIllary Clinton for president?" Jan. 23, 2007
Swarmandal.com, "Asia in Washington,", May 20, 2004
PolitiFact, "This image of Hillary Clinton and Osama bin Laden is doctored," Nov. 5, 2019
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