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Image of Julian Assange in Prison Is Not Real But AI-Generated!

The creator of this AI-generated image told The Quint that this image was created on an AI tool known as Midjourney.

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An image showing a close-up of an exhausted man is being shared with a claim that it shows Wikileaks founder Julian Assange.

The claim points out that Assange is in terrible condition in the prison.

Who shared it?: Along with several social media users, the Russian Embassy in Kenya also tweeted this photo stating that Assange is in jail because he had released a video of United States Forces firing on Iraqi civilians 13 years ago.

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  • An archive can be seen here.

    (Source: Facebook/Screenshot)

(This image is also viral on Twitter.)

Is this image real?: This image is generated by Artificial Intelligence (AI) on an AI art tool, Midjourney.

More about Assange: Assange was arrested in London in 2019 for publishing confidential documents about the US army and their actions in Iraq and Afghanistan in 2010.

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How did we find out the truth?: We ran a reverse image search on the viral picture and came across a tweet carrying the same photo by a user named 'The Errant Friend'.

  • The image was shared on 30 March.

  • The caption of the image mentioned words of support for Assange.

The creator of this AI-generated image told The Quint that this image was created on an AI tool known as Midjourney.

An archive can be seen here.

(Source: Twitter/Screenshot)

  • This profile regularly posts AI-generated images and states 'Free Assange' in the bio.

  • The same profile had also tweeted another AI-generated image of Assange on 17 March.

  • Both the images had a watermark over it which read: Photo property of "E".

The creator of this AI-generated image told The Quint that this image was created on an AI tool known as Midjourney.

This account is dedicated to Assange. 

(Source: Twitter/Screenshot)

  • We came across the user's Telegram channel where the creator has clarified about using AI to generate this viral image of Assange.

  • The text said, "I sought to make his documented suffering real, and succeeded in doing so. The image is designed to evoke a visceral response in the viewer, putting them into a moral quandary. What do we do, when Julian is not just a memory and platitudes, but a human suffering in front of us?"

The creator of this AI-generated image told The Quint that this image was created on an AI tool known as Midjourney.

The user confirmed that this image is not real but AI-generated.

(source: Telegram/Screenshot)

We reached out "The Errant Friend": The creator of this viral image confirmed to The Quint that he created this image using Midjourney version 5.

  • He also added that he wanted to create awareness around Assange's state.

Report with the creator's interview: We came across a German news outlet, BILD, which carried an interview with the creator of this viral image.

  • The report stated that the creator identifies themselves as E.

  • It adds that Assange's wife, Stella (40), a Swedish-Spanish lawyer, told BILD that this photo is a fake.

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We looked for more AI-generated images of Assange of Midjourney: We searched for Assange's images with similar prompts.

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  • A relevant prompt search showed this result of his older version.

    (Source: Midjourney/Screenshot)

Conclusion: Clearly, this viral photo of Julian Assange in a poor condition in prison is AI-generated and is being falsely shared as a real photo.

Several such AI-generated image have recently gone viral as real and The Quint's WebQoof team has debunked some of them here and here.

(Note: The story has been updated to add the creator's quote.)

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