Concerns about Barack Obama’s constitutional eligibility – and true identity – have fostered a cottage industry of rumors, speculation and pranks.

One prank centers on Obama’s former name, Barry Soetoro, which, when typed into a browser with a dotcom suffix, leads to the official White House website.

However, the domain name is not under the control of Barack Obama or the White House. It belongs to Tharwat Abdul-Malik of Atlanta, Ga.

According to an Internet “WhoIs” search, Abdul-Malik was issued the address in April 2008.

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