Yet more suspicious video and photos from Iraqi stringers working for the AP. It does seem peculiar that this same corner shows up repeatedly in a video and in two seperate photos taken more than a year apart. There may be a reasonable explanation, but it’s not unlikely that the photographer is either staging events or involved in the planning. It has happened many times before.
Of course, as I’ve talked about here before, there is an easy way for the AP to avoid these issues. Just release the original photos with EXIF data, and the original unedited video files.
In this case there’s probably no GPS information embedded in the files (I doubt they give stringers that sort of equipment) so the exact location can’t be determined that way. But the date/time information and full-resolution images would certainly help answer these questions. I’m sure have the files in their archives, and the Iraqi part-timers are not likely to complain about copyright issues. How about it AP? Why not take this extra step to earn the trust of your customers?
UPDATE: These photos were taken by Bilal Hussein, who has won a Pulitzer for his suspiciously cozy photographs of Iraqi terrorists. Michelle Malkin has a great roundup on his checkered career, which may have just abruptly ended with a military arrest. (via Dean)