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March 12, 2018

By Aric Toler

Russian Meddling in North Carolina Politics, or Cialis Spam?

North Carolina congressional candidate Linda Coleman made national headlines last week when her campaign discovered that an old domain used for a previous election — LindaForNC.com — was hijacked by a Russian. Coleman saw political motives behind the incident, calling the “tampering” an “underhanded and deceptive” move. A number of local and national news articles…

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October 31, 2017

By Aric Toler

“New” George Papadopoulos Photograph Actually Years Old

An account that apparently belongs to George Papadopoulos shared a photograph with the text “#business” on October 25, 2017, just days before news broke that Papadopoulos pled guilty to the FBI for making false statements to the FBI regarding meetings connected to Russia and the Trump presidential campaign. For more information on Papadopoulos’s plea and…

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September 20, 2017

By Aric Toler

Florida Trump Flash Mobs Organized by the Russian “Troll Factory”

On September 20, the Daily Beast published a report alleging that a series of flash mobs in support of Donald Trump were orchestrated by the so-called Russian “troll factory.” This same Russian operation has organized a number of projects over the years, from hordes of commenters leaving pro-Kremlin messages on news articles and blogs, to operating a…

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September 2, 2017

By Nick Waters

The Bombs of Caracas

During the month of July, as unrest raged around Venezuela during a constitutional crises, there were two instances of what appeared to be IEDs being used against the Venezuelan security services. Both IEDs seem to have been effective devices and were deployed in Caracas targeting the Venezuelan National Guard (GNB) and Bolivarian National Police (PNB)…

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September 1, 2017

By Aric Toler

Planet Satellite Imagery Shows Harvey Devastation

This post was originally by Bellingcat for Planet Stories. Using satellite imagery from Planet, Bellingcat has surveyed the extensive damage to areas near Houston due to Hurricane Harvey. The majority of post-Harvey imagery available is for southwest and southern Houston and Galveston, with little imagery available for eastern and northern parts of the area. Some of…

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July 20, 2017

By Jett Goldsmith

Who is Ike Kaveladze, the 8th Person at the Trump-Russia Meeting?

On July 18, 2017, Scott S. Balber, the attorney representing the Agalarov family of Russian oligarchs amid an active United States investigation regarding the Russian influence campaign into the American elections, announced that he had privately named the 8th individual present at the June 2016 meeting between Trump campaign officials and Russian government proxies, which…

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May 22, 2017

By Bellingcat Investigation Team

Yaz Gazeteci Yaz – Fact Checking Anadolu Agency’s Take on the “Erdoğan Bodyguard Attack”

A video and a report published by the Turkish state-owned Anadolu Agency (AA) presents an alternative course of events for May 16, 2017. This article analyses both the visual evidence and the written account. In the described course of events in both accounts, AA largely blames the pro-Kurdish/anti-Erdoğan protesters for the violence. However, a closer look at the presented imagery and the statements made in the video and the report reveals that some claims made by AA are wrong, others are misleading in the given context and some are not supported by facts.

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May 18, 2017

By Bellingcat Investigation Team

Online Campaign to Identify “Erdoğan’s Bodyguards” Following Assault

On Tuesday, May 16, nearly a dozen people were injured after a clash between pro-Kurdish/anti-Erdoğan protesters and a group that included both Erdoğan supporters and Turkish security officials, including bodyguards of President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan. The clash happened outside of the Turkish Ambassador’s residence in Washington D.C., and marks the second instance since 2016 where Turkish security officials were…

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April 20, 2017

By John Albert

Infiltrating Marines United: Nudes, Confused BDSM Fans, 214, and a Bro Named Mike

We have made certain to censor sensitive materials in this article, while preserving enough information to ensure our readers of its veracity. The majority of the screenshots included in this article are from a Facebook group that has closed, thus making the information inaccessible. However, by the nature of social networks and the internet, some of…

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