There is no question that the photo has been manipulated, said Hany Farid, an expert in photo forensics and a professor of computer science at Dartmouth College, told NYT. Their delegations sit across from each other.
Both Ghanis and Tillersons office did not immediately respond to queries by NYT about why the versions of the photo were different.Security concerns for the visit of someone as high profile as Tillerson are justified because of the Talibans resurgence.Soon after Tillersons two-hour unannounced tilting pad radial bearing visit to Afghanistan on Monday was publicly disclosed, the US Embassy and the office of President Ghani made statements about their productive meeting in Kabul.Both the photographs released by the US and the one provided by Afghanistan depict Tillerson and Ghani seated at the head of the room, two giant television screens behind them.The two met in a windowless room in Bagram, the heavily fortified American military base a 90-minute drive away from Kabul.However, the version released by Ghanis office erased the large digital clock showing Zulu time — the military term for Coordinated Universal Time — and a red fire alarm behind Tillerson and Ghani, in what would be a giveaway that it was an American military facility.Farid said the method was most likely done through Photoshop, editing software that can delete objects and refill the space.
The cable on the wall to power the clock and the fire alarm was not completely obscured in the altered version, instead appearing to fade into the wall.Kabul/Washington, Oct 25 (IANS) An apparent attempt to alter photographs of a meeting between US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson and Afghan President Ashraf Ghani on Monday at the Bagram Airbase near Kabul has set social media abuzz. But this particular alteration was easily detectable. Last month more than 50 rockets landed at and around Kabul airport during Defense Secretary James Mattiss visit. On the coffee table between them are a thermos, two cups and bottled water.In the Afghan photograph, the room is much more brightly lit.A close inspection by The New York Times found significant discrepancies in the photographs that may be explained by an effort to use image-manipulation software to doctor at least one of the images. The versions of similar photographs released by the Americans and the Afghans have discrepancies, apparently meant to obscure the true venue, the New York Times reported.