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Daily Mail cites video game as proof of terrorist plot
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Fear-mongering hacks at The Daily Mail have been caughtmistaking footage from a popular video game series as proof ofal-Qaeda's "terrifying vision" for a nuclear attack on Washington.
The paper splashed a gory image showing the utter destruction thatwould result from the plot by terrorists to carry out a nuclear attack.In the foreground are the charred ruins of the Capitol in a city thatis utterly devoid of people, cars or any other sign of life.

"This computer generated image posted on terror forums depict whatwould happen if a nuclear attack took place in Washington D.C.," thepaper reported breathlessly. "So far that is only a dream ... or, as this picture suggests, a nightmare," reporter Barry Wigmore blathered on.
Turns out the image was lifted from Fallout 3, the latestinstallment of a role-playing game made by Bethesda Software. Marketersdescribe the game, due in stores a few months, as "America's FirstChoice in Post Nuclear Simulation". Players are left to roam America'sravaged streets in the year 2277, 200 years after nuclear bombsdestroyed the nation's capitol.

A Telegraph report here claims Daily Mail hacks were hoodwinked after the SITE Intelligence Group,which monitors terrorist websites, posted the image first, along withclaims it had been posted to forums where terrorists were discussingthe feasibility of nuclear strikes on the US and Britain.
The Daily Mail's blunder was too big for even Fox News, which has been known to conflate fact and fiction on a few occasions, to pass up.But so far, the paper is standing by its fantasy report. The articleremained uncorrected more than nine hours after being published.

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