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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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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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