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. Office of the Director of National Intelligence
  • 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.

-Luke Thompson (@ltthompso) July 8, 2021

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. Shutterstock

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. Shutterstock

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.