now as for the whole picture changing thing, when i first saw the headline, i thought it was someone who sneaked into the changing room and took O Sensei picture and posted it on youtube or something. i thought it's kinda gross, seeing a naked old man picture. then after reading some of the stuffs about various removal/obscuring of historical stuffs, i thought it was interesting info, but i just shrugged. it didn't help my aikido one bit. interesting to know, but that's about it.
I was wondering if it was some kind of Dorian Gray discussion but no, it's a conspiracy theory.