The Guardian cited its “imaging expert” David McCoy, who indicated the photo may be two photos “merged” together. As evidence, McCoy noted the floor pictured “is distorted,” and the “right hand side of the picture has been stretched downwards into place to line up with the left side (which is not distorted).”
Murano reportedly commented that the photo has “undergone some serious Photoshop.” Witcher highlighted the “men’s hair” has been an indicator of Photoshop. For example, Witcher noted “there aren’t any strands of al-Assard’s hair out of place,” indicating that there may have been copy and paste.
Hat Tip: Gawker