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Analyst says video of Japanese hostages is manipulated

Wednesday, January 21, 2015 - 01:46

An analyst who reviews militant videos frame by frame says the video of the Japanese hostages appears to have been shot by a team using expensive equipment and indoor lighting that could indicate it was recorded in a studio. Nathan Frandino reports.

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The new Islamic State hostage video released this week is giving analysts more evidence to support their claim that the video is highly manipulated. (SOUNDBITE) (English) EDITORIAL DIRECTOR OF TERRORISM RESEARCH AND ANALYSIS CONSORTIUM (TRAC), VERYAN KHAN SAYING: "We can tell from the past, the type of editing machines they've used and they've used them on green screen in the past. So there's no reason to believe they haven't done this for this video." After reviewing the video frame by frame, Veryan Khan of the Florida-based Terrorism Research and Analysis Consortium says the lighting has produced inconsistent shadows. (SOUNDBITE) (English) EDITORIAL DIRECTOR OF TRAC VERYAN KHAN SAYING: "They converge in the background behind Jihad John and his two hostages in an unusual and unnatural way. It's almost as if there's a light source coming from the left and a light source coming from the right." The video was released Tuesday and appears to show Japanese war correspondent Kenji Goto and Haruna Yukawa, a freelance security consultant. The video also appears to show the infamous "Jihan John," the militant with the British accent who appeared in previous Islamic State videos. Khan also says the conditions of the scene indicate more inconsistencies beyond the shadows. (SOUNDBITE) (English) EDITORIAL DIRECTOR OF TRAC VERYAN KHAN SAYING: "Well the wind's blowing inconsistently. It's blowing, to the hostage on the left hand side it's blowing very consistently on his shirt and only erratically blowing on the other person's shirt so it almost appears as if there's a fan coming in one direction." Islamic State is demanding $200 million for the hostages and gave Japan a 72-hour deadline.

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Analyst says video of Japanese hostages is manipulated

Wednesday, January 21, 2015 - 01:46