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King stripper pics likely ‘manipulated’: experts

TT/Rebecca Martin · 16 Dec 2011, 08:15

Published: 16 Dec 2011 08:15 GMT+01:00

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“There are aspects within the imagery that throw some doubt on the fact that it is an image that has not been manipulated,“ Clive Burchett, Operations Director at LGC Digital and Document Forensics, told daily Expressen on Friday.

On the behest of the paper, three independent experts have examined the first of the images released by Markovic and published in Expressen on Friday.

They all came to the same conclusion - that it is likely that the image has been at least partly manipulated.

All three also raise questions about the man in the picture, who according to Markovic, is the Swedish king.

The image, which shows a man sitting back and watching undressed women, is taken from analogue video footage. According to experts it seems as if it has been tampered with to enhance the feeling of secret footage.

They also question the footage of the man, claimed by Markovic to be the king.

According to the experts, closer scrutiny would indicate that the man’s face has been switched.

“In some cases content has been obscured and in others it may have been changed. I can’t say for certain but it is my opinion that a male person may have been electronically pasted into the scene,” Burchett said.

At the Royal Court they welcome the investigation carried out by the paper into the authenticity of the images.

“We are happy that a serious investigation of the images have been carried out,” said head of information at the Royal Court, Bertil Ternert, to news agency TT.

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The image is the only one of the pictures said to be published in the coming biography on Markovic, which ill be published in January.

Markovic previously told Expressen that more compromising images and video footage will be available on a pay-per-view site after the book has been published.

TT/Rebecca Martin (news@thelocal.se)

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Your comments about this article

11:50 December 16, 2011 by Opinionfool
Maybe those experts should read this report from the Guardian in England and then follow up on the links on the science of exposing photo fakery. http://www.guardian.co.uk/science/blog/2011/nov/29/exposed-software-reveals-photos-retouched
12:29 December 16, 2011 by zooeden
Mutinery against the King!!!???

La guillotine to enemies of the king!!!!
13:13 December 16, 2011 by spo10
If those pictures were fake then this Mille Markovic should be imprisoned and close down his establishments!
13:54 December 16, 2011 by jostein
Oh, the king went to a strip club in salt lake city 20 years ago, what a scandal!

More like its a campaign by DN and TV4 against the monarchy. Only reason they get any traction for this nonsense, apart from Bonniers enormous propagandamuscles, is that our king aint that bright.
13:55 December 16, 2011 by Opinionfool
Interesting that you (spo10) are reading "manipulated" as faked. Photo manipulation is a common procedure; even in the wet days, areas of a print would be burned in (exposed to more light), portions would be cropped out. Good grief, Stalin had his political opponents removed from photos and that decades before Photoshop was created. The manipulation that these photos could have been subject too is enhancement rather than fakery. Let the forensic experts run their tests then find the photographer guilty or not guilty as appropriate.

@Zooeden. No, the Mde Guillotine is reserved for royal heads particularly so given the ancestry of the king. The house of Bernadotte, one of Napoleon's generals.
14:47 December 16, 2011 by zooeden
No matter, this are modern times, anyone is candidate for the guillotine!!!
17:18 December 16, 2011 by procrustes
Look deeper, folks--this is just a continuation of attacks on the royal family by impatient feminist seeking to get Crown Princess Victoria on the throne. Should she wish to make history as a great woman of the future, she could abolish the monarchy and set the stage for Sweden to become the world social leader Sweden keeps telling us Sweden is.

The idea of monarchy--that some people are better than others because of their who their parents are--makes most Swedes a bit (some more than others) snobs. They love to condescend to foreigners--as do most humans--but monarchism gives such base to their sport that many actually believe their nonsense.
22:24 December 16, 2011 by amador
This looks photoshopped.

I can tell from some of the pixels and from seeing quite a few shops in my time.
08:40 December 17, 2011 by Grokh
isnt striptease legal in sweden ? whats the big deal then?

besides him being a pig and paying women to take their clothes off i dont see anything else worth mentioning apart from the pig part, that can be repeated over and over.
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