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May 31, 2015

By Eliot Higgins

How to Find Historical Imagery of Russia’s Faked Satellite Photos

In Bellingcat’s latest report, Forensic Analysis of Satellite Images Released by the Russian Ministry of Defense, we exposed how Russia had falsely claimed satellite imagery from June 2014 was from July 14th and July 17th. As with nearly all of Bellingcat’s work we used open source information, satellite imagery from Google Earth, to expose the fake…

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May 26, 2015

By Justin Seitz

Analyzing Bin Ladin’s Bookshelf

This article was originally published on On May 20, 2015 the ODNI released a trove of documents called “Bin Ladin’s Bookshelf“. This included all kinds of materials including letters he had written, books he was reading and other various bits of information. This document released piqued my interest primarily because I was interested to…

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May 8, 2015

By Justin Seitz

Manual Reverse Image Search With Google and TinEye

This blog post was originally posted to Stemming from the recent riots in Baltimore, Eoghan mac Suibhne (Twitter) wrote an interesting piece on image verification. Read it first before carrying on: Baltimore ‘looting’ tweets show importance of quick and easy image checks The moral of this story was that you can use reverse search on…

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May 4, 2015

By Justin Seitz

Automating Photo Retrieval for Geolocating – Part 1: Panoramio

This post was originally published on When geolocating a photograph part of the effort involves looking at photos from various websites (Flickr, Panoramio, Wikimapia) that may lie within the area of interest. We are going to use a previous Bellingcat post (Geolocating Tunisian Jihadists in Raqqah) as a starting point for beginning to automate…

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