Iran Adds Extra Missile to Image of Yesterday's Tests

AFP retracts photo, front-page material across US, after discovery
By Jonas Oransky,  Newser Staff
Posted Jul 10, 2008 10:14 AM CDT
The real image.   (AP Photo/Sepah News)
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(Newser) – Enemies of Tehran, prepare to be 25% less intimidated—and perhaps more amused. An image of three missiles being test launched yesterday was doctored by Iranian state media to add a fourth, the New York Times reports. Agence France Presse picked up the photo, which made front pages around the world before it was discovered that one weapon was merely a digital composite of its neighbors.

The AP has since run what appears to be the real photo, which depicts three successes and one still-grounded failure—not what readers saw in print editions of the Chicago Tribune and the Los Angeles Times, and on myriad websites. AFP has removed the offending picture, saying one of its subjects was “apparently added in digital retouch.”