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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 toddandclare.com.

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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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February 25, 2016

By Bellingcat Investigation Team

Geolocating Mexican Sicarios in Chihuahua

On April 08 2015, the person behind the “La Polaka” Youtube profile posted this video (YouTube). It features an unidentified cameraman walking alongside a resting convoy of about 15 vehicles and 50 heavily armed men wearing assault gears, military fatigues or civilian clothing. As the cameraman is cheering the column, radio communications can be heard between a group leader and “Meny” – likely an advanced element of the commando, scouting for possible enemies or security forces. One can hear the cameraman repeating “Animo, sicarios” which can be translated as “let’s go get them, hitmen”. The scene was reportedly filmed during late fall 2014, prior to clashes with a rival gang. Based on what can be observed in the video, it is possible to pinpoint the exact location of the deadly convoy.

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