US Spy Company’s Amateurish Photoshop of Variety Report Backfires

  • A US intelligence agency used a stock photo for the cover of a diversity report, the New York Post reported.
  • Shutterstock’s image was Photoshoped to show a blind man and a disabled woman.
  • The images of these two fictional characters were also stock photos from Shutterstock, according to Insider.
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According to New. Photoshop edited a photo of “multicultural office workers” for the cover of his annual diversity report Yorker Post.

The cover of the ODNI report, “Hiring and Retention of Minorities, Women, and Persons with Disabilities in the United States Intelligence Community,” has been edited to show a blind man with a guide dog and a woman in a wheelchair, Republican policy advisor Luke Thompson, contains first mentioned on Twitter.

—Luke Thompson (@ltthompso) July 8, 2021

The photo used in the intelligence agency’s manipulated image is titled “Portrait Of Multi-Cultural Office Staff Standing In Lobby,” and is available from Shutterstock, the Post said.

Insiders can reveal that the pictures of the wheelchair user and the blind man are also available on the Shutterstock website.

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The image of the woman in a wheelchair is titled Disabled White Background His Res on the Shutterstock website.

Stock photo of woman in wheelchair

Stock photo of woman in wheelchair, used by the ODNI.


The other image is titled “Blind Person White Background Images”. It appears that the ODNI changed the color of the man’s suit from beige to gray.

Blind man stock photo

Stock photo of a blind man used by the ODNI.


The report, released on Thursday, describes the number of professionals working in the secret service who identify as minorities or people with disabilities.

The ODNI did not immediately respond to Insider’s request for comment.

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