Authorities stress only photos released by the FBI are “credible” to ID Boston bombing suspects

The public has been asked to review only images released by the FBI after the New York Post published a photo that wrongly portrayed two dark-skinned men as Boston Marathon bombing suspects.

The front page of Thursday morning’s New York Post featured a photo of a 17-year-old Moroccan immigrant and his friend with the headline “Bag Men: Feds seek these two pictured at Boston Marathon”.

The problem is the two men pictured were not considered suspects or even persons of interest sought by investigators. The 17-year-old high school student, who runs track, told WCVB News that “I’m going to be scared going to school” as a result of the unwanted publicity.

The incident prompted the authorities to ask the public to review only the photos and videos released by the FBI to help identify and locate the bombing suspects.

“The only photos that should be officially relied upon in this investigation are those you see before you today,” said Rick DesLauriers, Special Agent in Charge of the FBI’s Boston Division. “These images should be the only ones – I emphasize the only ones – that the public should view to assist us. Other photos should not be deemed credible and they unnecessarily divert the public’s attention in the wrong direction and create undue work for vital law enforcement resources.”

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