North Korean “War Plans” Image Discrepancies Suggest Photoshopping

by Scott Creighton

UPDATE: North Korean “state of war” declaration is a faulty translation and NOT official policy statement from Kim Jung Un

UPDATE: Amid tangle of lies (Cheonan, Cyber Attacks, Photoshopped War Plans) the New York Times is Warmongering Again

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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…

doctored shot

Now here is the close-up shot of Kim Jong Un doing some homework on his Apple computer… notice anything funny?

close up

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:

composite-photo-kim-jong-un-battleplan-and-imac-620x236

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:

doctored shot

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.

super imposed 1

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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35 Responses

  1. Maybe the satellites struck oil in South Korea?

    • think of all the state agencies and industries there are to privatize in North Korea. That is to say nothing of their state run central banking system. And all of those North Koreans NEED McDonalds and cheap crap from Walmart. Also, remember the big global financial interests want to go in there and force North Korea to take some loans from the IMF and get locked into that endless debt cycle. Oil is a part of these plans, but only one part.

  2. what do expect from the biggest terrorists of the entire world

    i don’t know this guy due to no truthful information about him being available but i like his fire, somebody needs to say fu to the war mongering bs plaguing the world

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  4. Also , did you notice the reflections in the first picture? Seems there are two un-capped men standing.. or are they bald? Where did they come from?
    And why would a N. Korean place their plan title in English?

  5. Even I can understand why you wouldn’t see the handrail, and I’m no expert. Think ‘angles’, ‘light’ and also ’3 Dimensionally’, you doughnuts.

    • In other words…. don’t look at the facts, just consider it might be a ‘light’ trick? You don’t like doughnuts?

      • No, go and get a mirror, then work on duplicating the positioning of elements in these images. The reflection is not reflecting what the writer is assuming it is. The area on the map is above the military mans shoulder, but in the reflection it’s supposedly far below that.
        These “discrepancies” are being pointed out by someone who doesn’t even understand basic geometry and measurement.

        Also, there doesn’t need to be “two hand rails”, just a change in perspective of the photographer. The writer here is trying to say that the hand rail is manipulated or fake, so why bother doing that at all? All this shows is that the photographer could have moved, just as KJU had.

        I have no doubt that elements in the US and elsewhere are manipulating for propaganda. I don’t trust ANYTHING ANY government tells me.
        But this article proves nothing. All of this can be explained away.

        Oh, and questioning this post is not denial of the “facts”. Only a dumb ass would blindly accept the opinions of a person on a blog as “fact”. Think for yourself, and use common sense – even if they are manipulated, do you seriously think the US would do such an obviously bad job of it, so any idiot with a suspicious brain and some time on their hands could point out the errors? These people are paid millions to make this shit up, and they have more than a pirated copy of Photoshop to do it.

        They wouldn’t be making stupid mistakes like this, because they would be fired within moments of it being seen.

        • Oh man… Once in a blue moon the topic is my area of expertise (photoshop) and I did not have time to jump in to the conversation…

          Let me start by stating the obvious: Anon… You are a douchebag… Not because of what you are saying, but how you are saying it… So,your douchebaggery is definitely taking away from your comments, which could otherwise serve as material for a healthy discussion)

          The one certain thing about these photos is that, without seeing good quality,uncompressed and higher resolution versions, no one can really tell if anything was doctored or not.

          I think all the reflections and the perspectives and all that make sense. The one element I can almost swear is taken from the other image is that s shaped railing that is to the left of wile e. coyote’s plan to attack Austin TX. (The only thing missing in the photo is a stack of barrels in the back, with big bold TNT labels).

          When the two railings are placed on top of each other, they are a near perfect match for half of the S. The bottom half of S curve is made by copying and flipping the first curve.. This bottom curve is then finished off with a vertical piece from elsewhere, where there is a somewhat obvious “seam” halfway down the bottom vertical part of the railing. The two pieces do not match for light direction nor sharpness.

          I couldn’t say why they might have had to do that. Perhs they removed a chair pn that side of the table, perhaps the whole “plan stand” is a composite. (The plan looks sharper than it needs to be I think)

          But, the whole thing is so damn staged that I see no reason why they would need to photoshop these images. The official rhetoric on the NKorean official website seems to follow the anti US script. I feel this might be one the biggest mass distraction psyop that’s being perpetrated to force people take their eyes off what is really going on.

          Lets see what happened…

          There’s panic and commotion in the financial markets. The Cyprus bank holiday freaked people out. Killer austerity measures rampant all over the world, including USA. After “Turkey alone” attempt to topple Asad and to “spring” Syria failed, a realignment between Turkey and Israel for a second stronger bolder and less proxy war… Obama is about to announce his budget, where he will slaughter the entitlements of millions of people even though he had promised not to touch them during his campaign, while the already implemented austerity measures are beginning to be felt in all walks of life, and huge cities like Detroit and many townships in the country are handed over to banker appointed emergency mayors with dictatorial powers to liquidate these towns’ assets to their cronies or to the highest bidder.

          In between all of this, all of a sudden we hear that Dennis Rodman went to North Korea… The news whores gave his trip 24 hour coverage. Analysts and experts commented on Dennis Rodman, his trip, his meeting with Kim, what he said, what he was wearing, Rodman here, Rodman there, Rodman everywhere…

          Somehow, the media failed to mention one minor detail… That Rodman went to North Korea with the ENTIRE Harlem Globetrotters…Not a single peep about that anywhere.

          I imagine a traveling troupe like the globetrotters, which os owned by disney, with the two match teams and the support crew, managers, security and the whole entourage to be between 40-50 people at least… So, essentially, Rodman went to N Korea with a plane load of people. Who exactly were these people? Who else was on that plane? How many were there? And how many returned? What did they do? Nobody knows. Nobody asks… Oh, that silly orange head Rodman… Rodman met little Kim, funny funny in the CNN situation room. The media blackout is very telling.

          I went back and watched news footage to pay attention to their language and saw how they maneuvered and twirled and “omitted” the real nature of Rodman’s trip.

          North Korea already catapulted into the masses’ consciousness through the Rodman trip, the news exploded with the “sources say” Kim Jong Un has said this and that, threatened the US, without once showing the guy say anything in person, or quoting an actual source A total script set loose, with possibly a complicit 28 year old dictator playing his part in return for god knows what he was promised, by what I imagine to be a special envoy who traveled with the team, or an outright handler that might have stayed there to manage things… Like staging photos of little Kim meeting with his brass in front of their evil plan, and release them for the whole world to see.

          Even if we were to accept the assertions that he is young, stupid, megalomaniacal, or whatever, dictatorships don’t really work like that… Especially for the young, second generation dictator surrounded by seasoned army brass and advisors loyal to his father, and his cause. They simply would not allow an idiotic young dictator make such an idiotic move.

          I say “we” are getting ready to make a major move of some sort elsewhere. The bigger the distraction, the bigger the secret agenda… We shall see soon enough.

    • I do 3d modeling in Autocad, 3dStudio Max and Maya… I think I am fully capable of “thinking angles, light and 3 Dimensionally” thank you very much.

  6. [...] all else fails, leave it to yellow journalism like this piece of work from the New York Times or this obviously Photoshopped image that came out this past [...]

  7. [...] all else fails, leave it to yellow journalism like this piece of work from the New York Times or this obviously Photoshopped image that came out this past [...]

  8. another build up to 911 ver 2.0?

    This time they will try to build a case file of the actual perpetrator. Rather than just saying “such and such did it” within 10 min of a catastrophic event.

    Dont have to produce an indestructible passport either. Or fake witnesses.

    Claimed to have successfully raid a house and kill mostly unarmed people yet cant land a helicopter.

    I mean why would you even want to land a helicopter at the beginning of the raid anyway? Just so that it can be shot down? Some military intelligence strategy right there. Oxymoron implied.

  9. Please – what a lot of tosh.

  10. [...] wouldn’t you say that if Kim Jong Un’s alleged war plans were real, and they were not photoshopped by the New York Times as many allege, wouldn’t he be doing Obama a favor by attacking [...]

  11. My post got spammed again. :

  12. Eeh… how about the map is hung from a whatchamacallit T rail map hanging thingy that got moved before or after the second pic was taken?

    • And with the big flat desk there, they would hang the map for “what” reason? I mean, especially when you consider in one picture, he is clearly looking at some kind of map in the first place and going over it and the other guys are taking notes, obviously doing the planning with the map on the table, why exactly do you think they have another map with suspicious looking super-imposed letters spelling out “super secret attack Mainland America plan” on it?

      So how about the fact that the reflections on the table don’t match up and the one shot doesn’t have the super-secret attack America plan on it and perhaps someone along the way decided they couldn’t MAKE the North Koreans come out and SAY they were planning on nuking Austin Texas, but they damn sure could Photoshop a super-secret map in there and if people were just plain stupid, they wouldn’t ask the obvious questions?

      how about that?

      • How should I know? For effect? If I’m planning on getting a cheezeburger or lasagna for lunch I’m not looking at the flowchart on the whiteboard either. You don’t know what they are doing there.
        You know I can’t take a blog seriously where “911″ appears no less than 18 times on a page, right? But I’m going to humor you anyway.
        So far as I can tell what is meant by those big red ramblings on the pics they are hogwash and the reflections do very much line up.
        The handrail by the shoulder? Why would it be there? The mirror image is flipped and the handrail would have to be closer to Un-Boy than the yellow block and not by the shoulder of the guy standing much closer to him. It’s hard to judge distances but I guess that wall is at least 5m away from our friends.
        The “attack plan” is at an angle to the rail so the reflection of the rail where it emerges from behind it would again have to be further back than the “blue block”.

        • your strawman argument about how many times 9/11 appears on the page is noted. Also noted is a WEALTH of what you would call “legitimate” news sources who also agree with me that CLEARLY this image has been photoshopped. Photoshopped “for effect” as you put it. As I have written, the DPRK has no capabilities to carry out strikes such as the ones pictured on the poster hanging on the back there which no photo shows the men interacting with, which would clearly have been the ideal picture had that happened. In so much as they probably aren’t drunk or idiots, the men pictured know that, so the question becomes, why is it there? AS I WROTE IN THE ARTICLE… it could have been the government of their country that did it or the publication who published it, for propaganda’s sake. OR it could have been the warmongers who are desperate to blame the victim country for what they are doing or intend to do.

          • The 911 count is just a personal gauge of how credulous I think people on a given page are not an argument against you. I wouldn’t exactly call it a straw man though, it’s clearly there.

            Also, a quick ELA analysis (you know what that is, right?) shows no significant changes anywhere near the map: http://fotoforensics.com/analysis.php?id=d3a516418e3c2545766a692bc70c4de8b0d8182e.40731

            You’d think the frame at least would flare up like a christmas tree. There seems to have been added some kind of watermark and a red circle though, who would have thought that?
            We’ll see what the future brings. If the US attack NK and profit from it I will surely remember you. Until then my money is on “They are just blowing smoke and no WWIII will result from any of it.”

            • My research on 9/11 has nothing to do with the legitimacy of the questions I posted with regard to this image… ergo… by definition… a strawman. Had you found some kind of “Photoshopping on 9/11″ article, that would be relevant, but since I never made any such claim, my research into that day and what led up to it are not. anyone can see that. Using it a a barometer as you claim, tells us a lot about how you come at your conclusions and what they are based on.

              Since you don’t seem to wish to address what I wrote about it being readily agreed upon that the image was Photoshopped and since you ignore the fact that I put in the article, it could have been done by a number of actors, including the DPRK themselves, I don’t have much else to offer in the way of discussion.

              WWIII doesn’t have to be the outcome for it to be propaganda from this country or actors in South Korea aiding in our efforts. Classic unconventional warfare tactics, destabilization and an overall campaign of threats and terror that go right along with the B-2s running bombing drills and the military exercises off the coast of North Korea staging “regime change” drills. Clearly it’s not that hard to understand how that works, is it?

              The idea is to get the new government of the DPRK to “play ball” and the way you do that is with an ever increasing “campaign of tension” which this clearly is. The tension can have any number of effects from the new leader caving in to military leaders deciding to cut a deal with the CIA. Hell, even if none of those things take place, they can use the tension to create a narrative that the people have given up and their next color revolution gets underway. But that’s certainly less likely.

              Point is, we don’t know but my guess is, based on many factors, this particular manipulation wasn’t created by their government but by ours or our affiliated privatized contractors.

          • Also, a quick ELA analysis (you know what that is, right? No you don’t.) shows no significant changes anywhere near the map: http://fotoforensics.com/analysis.php?id=d3a516418e3c2545766a692bc70c4de8b0d8182e.40731

            You’d expect the frame at least to flare up like a christmas tree.There seems to have been added some kind of watermark and a ring though, who would have thought that?
            We’ll see what the future brings. If the US attack NK and profit from ir I’ll surely remember you. Until then my money is on “They are just blowing smoke and no WWIII will result from any of it.”

  13. Didyer ban me now or why don’t my comments show up anymore?

    • Also, a quick ELA analysis (you know what that is, right? No you don’t.) shows no significant changes anywhere near the map: http://fotoforensics.com/analysis.php?id=d3a516418e3c2545766a692bc70c4de8b0d8182e.40731

      You’d expect the frame at least to flare up like a christmas tree.There seems to have been added some kind of watermark and a ring though, who would have thought that?
      We’ll see what the future brings. If the US attack NK and profit from ir I’ll surely remember you. Until then my money is on “They are just blowing smoke and no WWIII will result from any of it.”

    • in case you haven’t been paying attention to what other commenters have been writing, it’s happening to everyone. (well, not you… just those who seem to support what I’ve been writing… hmmm…)

  14. No urls apparently
    The 911 count is just a personal measure for the credulity of people on a given site, not an argument against you..I wouldn’t call it a straw man though, its clearly there.

    Also, a quick ELA analysis (you know what that is, right? No you don’t.) shows no significant changes anywhere near the map:

    You’d expect the frame at least to flare up like a christmas tree.There seems to have been added some kind of watermark and a ring though, who would have thought that?
    We’ll see what the future brings. If the US attack NK and profit from ir I’ll surely remember you. Until then my money is on “They are just blowing smoke and no WWIII will result from any of it.”

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  17. [...] all else fails, leave it to yellow journalism like this piece of work from the New York Times or this obviously Photoshopped image that came out this past [...]

  18. ¨Official’ North Korea Instagram the work of a German teenager¨
    This is interesting in review of the pictures of march 29 – It seems this guy put red borders around the pictures used by media or for future use: http://www.nknews.org/2013/06/official-north-korea-instagram-the-work-of-a-german-teenager/?utm_source=twitterfeed&utm_medium=twitter

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