Adnan Hajj’s Secret Identity

Rusty Shackleford provides some rather compelling evidence that renowned PhotoShopper Adnan Hajj is also selling photos to Reuters–still–under the name Issam Kobeisi. It gets much, much better: Hajj and Kobeisi have been selling identical photos to Reuters!

Granting that Reuters is a large organization and that oversight over massive streams of digital photos coming in from a war zone is difficult, this doesn’t speak too highly of Reuters’ vaunted editorial standards.

Update (Chris Lawrence): Rusty has posted an update that verifies that Hajj and Kobeisi are two different people; apparently, the identical photos were the result of a misattribution of a Hajj photo to Kobeisi.

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