US facing lawsuit over Bin Laden image
Published 18/01/2010 | 05:00
A Spanish MP is considering suing the US government after the FBI used an online photograph of him to create an image to show what Osama bin Laden might look like today.
The image using Gaspar Llamazares' photo appeared on a wanted poster updating the US's 1998 photo of the al-Qa'ida leader.
FBI spokesman Ken Hoffman acknowledged yesterday that the agency used a picture of Mr Llamazares taken from Google Images.
In a statement, the agency would say only that it was aware of similarities between their age-progressed image "and that of an existing photograph of a Spanish public official".
The wanted poster appeared on the State Department website, rewardsforjustice.net, listing a reward of up to $25m (€17.4m). The FBI said the photo of Bin Laden would be removed from the website.
Mr Llamazares, former leader of the United Left party, was elected to Spain's parliament in 2000. The photograph of him used to make the wanted poster originally appeared on posters for his 2004 general-election campaign.