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Whoever edited this image had ZERO experience with image editing. I think that's an interesting point to consider. It isn't that the person was bad, the person was _untrained_.

A bad graphic designer, say someone who dabbled in photoshop over high school and has no real artistic talent, would have done a better job.

I feel that is an important point because (getting rather tinfoil-hatlike) it leads me to believe the person that took the picture, or a very small circle of individuals, decided to alter the photo. This wasn't a big group-think decision, this was a few people who felt they couldn't talk to anyone else about this, not even pay someone $100 to do a semi-decent job out of fear of the originals turning up in the wrong hands...

or maybe it was just a timestamp embedded on the picture and they didn't want it shown. Who knows.

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