The video is deliberately blurred, the view is only partial, and it lasts for just a few short seconds.
But that is enough for the tantalising question to be raised: Is this the first video footage of Al Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden to emerge in more than two years?
The video, posted on the internet by Al Qaeda’s media branch As Sahab, was a taped message by another Al Qaeda high-up, Abu Yah-ya al-Libi.
… Most of the video is of good quality – but, near the end, the view suddenly blurs as the camera zeroes in on one man in the crowd getting to his feet.
The apparently-deliberate obstruction of the bearded man’s face, combined with the setting, was enough for some of the Italian media to venture their theory that he was in fact Osama bin Laden.
Washington-based think intelligence study group IntelCenter, which released stills from Tuesday’s video, said no new footage of bin Laden has been seen since 2007.
The organisation also said its own analysis of the video could not determine if the man was bin Laden or not.
Many MailOnline readers have argued that the man in the video is not bin Laden as his beard is a different colour.
Here are the results of the Mail Online survey:
IntelCenter will need to try a little harder… dig a little deeper… fear a little monger.