Iranian Hostage Photos Faked?
- From: Rickey L. BeemSent: Sunday, July 03, 2005 2:41 AMSubject: RE: Iranian Hostage Photos Faked
Another oddity is the elbow of the man in the center of the background appears in the front of the hostages face.
In this better photo, there looks to be some irregular behind Mahmouds head in the background and not a smooth halo. The elbow may be just in the right spot where theres an indentation in the head bandages. My feeling now is these are probably coincidences/illusions.
From: Rickey L. Beem [mailto:rickey.beem@...]
Sent: Saturday, July 02, 2005 8:35 PM
To: 'tips@...'; 'newstips@...'
Subject: Iranian Hostage Photos Faked
Check the halo around the head of the man to the right of the hostage. Thats a bad cut-and-paste job. Ive seen other photos that dont look faked that place Mahmoud there. I wonder why an attempt to make photos look faked is taking place.
Iran victor 'kidnap role' probe
The president denies being among the hostage-takers
The US says it is examining reports that Iranian President-elect Mahmoud Ahmadinejad took part in the 1979 hostage-taking at Tehran 's US embassy.
Some of the former US hostages have said they recognise Mr Ahmadinejad as one of their captors.
But three Iranians involved in the action, as well as Mr Ahmadinejad's own staff, have denied that he took part.
Mohsen Mirdamadi, the hostage-takers' leader, told the BBC that the new president had not been there.
You could make him a blond and shave his whiskers, put him in a zoot suit and I'd still spot him
FormerUS hostage Chuck Scott
Another top student leader, Abbas Abdi, also denied the allegations as did Hamid Reza Jalaiepour, a third hostage-taker.
The BBC's Frances Harrison in Tehran says the three former students are now reformists who oppose hardliners like Mr Ahmadinejad, and would have no reason to hide his involvement now.
Photographs have appeared on the internet showing a young bearded man leading a blindfolded American hostage - alleging that this was Mr Ahmadinejad a quarter of a century ago.
US hostages differ over whether the new president was their captor
But the man in the photograph appears much taller than Mr Ahmadinejad, and looks nothing like other pictures of him as a student which can be found on his website, Frances Harrison says.
White House spokesman Scott McClellan said the allegations should be taken seriously.
"I think the news reports and statements from several former American hostages raise many questions about his past," he said.
"We take them very seriously and we are looking into them to better understand the facts."
One former hostage said he was sure the man was Mr Ahmadinejad.
"This is the guy," retired army colonel Chuck Scott told AP news agency.
"There's no question about it. You could make him a blond and shave his whiskers, put him in a zoot suit and I'd still spot him."
Four other former hostages agreed with Mr Scott, but at least one disagrees.
A total of 52 US citizens were taken hostage after a group of young activists climbed over the embassy wall during the Islamic Revolution, which overthrew the Shah and brought Ayatollah Khomeini to power.