US intelligence agency’s amateurish Photoshop of a wheelchair user and a blind man onto its diversity report cover backfires

Stock images of a disabled woman and a blind man were added to the image
Stock images of a disabled woman and a blind man were added to the image used on the cover of the ODNI’s diversity report.

  • A US intelligence agency used a stock photo for the cover of a diversity report, The New York Post reported.
  • The image from Shutterstock was Photoshopped to include a blind man and a disabled woman.
  • The images of these two fictional characters were also stock photos from Shutterstock, Insider can reveal.
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The Office of the Direction of National Intelligence (ODNI), a senior-level agency that provides oversight to the intelligence community, Photoshopped a stock photo of “multi-cultural office staff” for the cover of its annual diversity report, according to the New York Post.

The cover image of the ODNI’s “Hiring and Retention of Minorities, Women, and Persons with Disabilities in the United States Intelligence Community” report was edited to include a blind man with a guide dog and a woman in a wheelchair, Republican political consultant Luke Thompson first noted on Twitter.

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

Insider can reveal that the images of the wheelchair user and blind man also available to purchase on the Shutterstock website.

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The image of the woman in the 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 grey.

Blind man stock photo
Stock photo of a blind man, used by the ODNI.

The report, released on Thursday, details the number of professionals working in the intelligence community who identify as minorities or persons with disabilities.

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

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Rep. Adam Schiff says it is ‘critical’ for US to finish probe of COVID-19 origins to avoid ‘any premature or politically-motivated conclusions’

adam schiff House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence Chairman Adam Schiff holds a press conference after the House passed Resolution 755, Articles of Impeachment Against President Donald J. Trump, at the US Capitol in Washington, DC, on December 18, 2019. - The US House of Representatives voted 229-198 on Wednesday to impeach President Donald Trump for obstruction of Congress. The House impeached Trump for abuse of power by a 230-197 vote. The 45th US president is just the third occupant of the White House in US history to be impeached. (Photo by SAUL LOEB / AFP) (Photo by SAUL LOEB/AFP via Getty Images)
Rep. Adam Schiff chairs the House intelligence committee.

  • Rep. Adam Schiff said it is “critical” to allow the IC to complete its probe of COVID-19 origins.
  • President Biden said Wednesday he gave the intelligence community 90 days to further probe COVID-19’s origins.
  • Schiff said the IC continues to investigate the “two most likely scenarios” – animal to human transmission or a possible lab leak.
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Rep. Adam Schiff said Wednesday it is “critical” for the US to finish its investigation into the origins of COVID-19 to “avoid any premature or politically-motivated conclusions.”

Schiff’s remarks came in response to President Joe Biden announcing a 90-day deadline for the intelligence community to further probe the veracity of the coronavirus originating from a possible lab leak.

Schiff, who serves as House Intelligence Committee Chair, said in a statement that the Committee was tasked with taking a “deep dive” into what the intelligence community has collected thus far about the COVID-19 pandemic, particularly on “the emergence and spread of COVID-19 from China.”

He said the intelligence community continues to investigate the “two most likely scenarios” for the origins of COVID-19 – natural transmission of the virus from animal to human or a possible lab accident – but the IC “has not reached a community consensus.”

“Beijing’s continued obstruction of a transparent, comprehensive examination of the relevant facts and about the source of the coronavirus can only delay the vital work necessary to help the world better prepare itself before the next potential pandemic,” Schiff said in the statement, adding that the intelligence community will provide relevant updates per Biden’s 90-day deadline.

“It is critical that we allow the IC, and other scientific and medical experts, to objectively weigh and assess all available facts, and to avoid any premature or politically-motivated conclusions,” he continued.

In a press conference Wednesday, Biden revealed he had asked the intelligence community to probe the origins of COVID-19 in March, but the results of the investigation were not extensive enough to conclude either scenario “more likely than the other.”

The investigation launched by the Biden administration came around the same time Biden’s team terminated a Trump-era probe to prove COVID-19 originated in a lab, per a CNN report published Wednesday. A source familiar with the move to shut down the probe, which was started late into Trump’s presidency, told CNN that questions were raised on the legitimacy of the investigation, citing concerns about the quality of its work.

A team of investigators from the World Health Organization said it was “most likely” that the virus emerged from animal to human transmission following a month-long investigation in Wuhan, China, where the coronavirus likely originated. But the team could not definitely rule out the possibility of a lab leak, and WHO director-general, Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, also said in March he does “not believe that this assessment was extensive enough.”

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