by Scott Creighton
Google “North Korea news” and what you find are hundreds of articles about the photos of North Korean military leaders meeting with Kim Jong Un to go over plans to strike the continental United States and Hawaii. Over at the Huffington Post for example, they credit these damning shots as coming from the Korean Central News Agency, the official news outlet for the DPKR.
North Korean state media issued two photos Friday that, either by accident or design, appeared to show plans for striking the US mainland, as well as details of the North’s military strength.
The pictures, released by the official Korean Central News Agency (KCNA), both showed leader Kim Jong-Un sitting at a desk in what looked like a dedicated military operations room.
The photos accompanied a KCNA report on an emergency meeting with top army leaders in which Kim ordered strategic rocket units to prepare for a possible strike against US mainland and Pacific bases” AFP/Huffington Post
This is patently false on multiple levels regarding where these photos came from and more importantly, are they legitimate in the first place or Photoshopped for effect. It’s laughable to think that their “secret” war plans would be posted on the paper and website for all to see with the rather cartoonish “U.S. Mainland Strike Plan” text printed right on the top of their secret map. Sounds like a bit from Team America: World Police. The other thing is, North Korea knows damn well that they don’t have the capacity to hit Hawaii with a rocket, much less the continental U.S. Furthermore, it appears to list D.C. L.A. and AUSTIN TX. as designated targets. Austin TX.? Makes you wonder if the Stratfor guys decided to toss that in as a target to help the local commission plead for more Homeland Security money.
It’s laughable at best and when you see the images, you’ll see what I mean. But where did it come from and why was it done?
First of all, the images were not released on the North Korean official news agency. They are being attributed to the site Rodong Sinmun, the official newspaper of North Korea’s Workers’ Party. It’s not the official government paper. Big difference. You can verify the fact that Rodong is the source for the photos, here and here.
You can also go to the KCNA’s index and see all their publications and check for yourself they did not post an article on the “emergency planning” of a strike on the United States. When you do a Google search of images for KCNA you find one copy of one of the photos but it links back to XIN and not the official state news agency of North Korea.
The Rodong site seems to be blocked here in the United States. There is no apparent means by which to verify if these images even came from Rodong as opposed to Stratfor in Austin, TX. The VOA propaganda outlet attributes the key photo to “AFP Photo/KCNA VIA KNS” that’s Associated Free Press AND KCNA coming from the company KNS which is a British company that sells images from the likes of the Daily Mail and the AFP. Or it could be referring to this KNS but they don’t seem to have the image listed there either.
The images themselves look Photoshopped. See if you notice what is wrong with these:
Here is the “money shot” as they call it. North Korea with the “Big Plans” on the poster behind them. Here’s a clue: look at the raytraced reflected image on the desk…
Now here is the close-up shot of Kim Jong Un doing some homework on his Apple computer… notice anything funny?
Look at the handrail and the blue image map behind it. Looks like the same handrail partially obstructed in the one above it, the money shot, doesn’t it? That’s because it’s the same handrail. Notice the Firewire and the white router on the right of this pic? You will see Firewire and that same router on the left of the other pic. That means this photo is taken of Kim Jong Un sitting at a desk placed at the end of that highly polished table he is seen at in the first photo. You can actually see the bottom corner of the same tan books in the second photo and the rest of the books in the first photo. And of course you can see the same handrail.
So what is missing in the second photo that is the incriminating evidence in the first? Well, obviously, there is no cartoonish “U.S. Mainland Strike Plan” map in the second pic. Clearly it would be seen because it’s back there obstructing the curved handrail in the first picture.
A website did a composite of the two images to put them into spacial relations with each other and laughably, the room suddenly has two curved ends to that one handrail as a result:
Notice the two curved handrails? If they had moved that one picture of him at the end of the table closer in order to make the two handrails back into one, half the map would be missing or at least a chunk of it. As it stands it’s pretty odd that the map shows the flights of the missiles, but not their origin, North Korea.
Also notice this: the use of raytracing in this image gives it an air of authenticity, but it looks to me like they got a few details wrong:
When you zoom in, the text of “U.S. Mainland Strike Plan” looks super imposed on the picture and the edges of the guy standing there clearly looks like another layer.
It looks like someone took these images and added the super secret strike plans for effect. Notice none of the military planners are seen looking at the plan behind them and it certainly doesn’t appear in the accompanying photo. The reflections also indicate that it could be Photoshopped.
So the question is, who would have done it? Would the Worker’s Party do something like this to reassure the North Korean population that they have a plan?
It seems unlikely that the North Korean government would do it to intimidate the U.S. because they know we know they have no weapons to strike these locations with.
Could it be more propaganda from the likes of Stratfor? The inclusion of Austin TX would certainly hint at that.
Whoever did it, it’s pure propaganda. That’s for sure.
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