July 30, 2013
According to the monks of Esphigmenou, the images that were released over the internet of a monk throwing a molotov cocktail is a photomontage.
It's possible, but these are likely to be genuine. An audit of exif [exchangeable image file format] we did in Taxalia.blogspot, shows that it has not been tampered with, unless the manufacturer has such advanced knowledge that they can change the exif data.
The technical elements of the photograph show it to be authentic, and taken with an iPhone 4S, while the coordinates of the shots are in the correct spot (40.15 degrees latitude, 24.14 degrees longitude).
And because the internet is a major deceiver, the submission of the photo to the exif scanner shows that it was taken right here:
So it probably (maybe not 100%) is authentic, unless we stumbled on a major hacker monk who managed to alter everything.
Translated by John Sanidopoulos