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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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November 7, 2016

By Bellingcat Investigation Team

Garry Kasparov Speaks to Bellingcat about Russian Involvement in the US Elections

Last week, ahead of the US elections, Eleanor Rose spoke to chess genius and political activist Garry Kasparov on Russia’s interests in tomorrow’s presidential elections. Bellingcat: Russia expressed wishes to send electoral monitors to oversee the US elections, and now the Russian NGO ROIIP claims it will perform distance monitoring. What would you expect from a…

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October 22, 2016

By Bellingcat Investigation Team

WikiLeaks, Hillary Clinton, and the Julian Assange Paedophile Smear Campaign – Separating Facts from Fiction

When Wikileaks claimed that silver-haired figurehead Julian Assange had been smeared as a paedophile and Russian shill this week, a thousand keyboard warriors were sent into a flurry of tippy-tapping as they tried to track down the perpetrators.

According to a post from Wikileaks on October 18th, Assange was targeted by a campaign to brand him a child molester and falsely claim he took money from the Russian government.

The story, which was covered by Buzzfeed, centres around an obscure dating website named

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October 21, 2016

By Ross Dayton

Implications of Colombia’s New ELN Peace Talks

The Colombian government has announced that the ELN (Ejército de Liberación Nacional, Spanish for “National Liberation Army”), the second largest guerrilla army in Colombia, will have peace talks starting on October 27. After the FARC peace agreement was narrowly rejected by Colombian voters in the October 2nd plebiscite, the government hopes that talks with the…

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October 12, 2016

By Aric Toler

Russia Was Not Behind Donald Trump’s False Blumenthal-Benghazi Claim

2 November 2017 Update: Since the publication of this post, it has become clear that the Twitter account @TEN_GOP was operated by the so-called “Russian troll factory” of St. Petersburg. This account was one of the most vocal amplifiers of the Blumenthal-Benghazi story that was later published (then redacted) on Sputnik. While the central thesis…

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October 7, 2016

By Chris Biggers

Construction at Brazil’s Nuclear Sub Shipyard Slows

Construction activity at Brazil’s Itaguaí nuclear submarine shipyard continues to show signs of slowing, a review of recent satellite imagery suggests. Initially, Brazil was to have its naval shipyard and co-located submarine base ready to start initial vessel construction by 2016. As we moved along the project timeline, the country’s economic troubles and scandals made…

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