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The Group of Bloggers Unearthing MH17 Intel Quicker Than U.S. Spies

Posted on July 24th, 2014 at 9:01 by John Sinteur in category: News -- Write a comment


“[The Americans] clearly only rely on open source information, or mostly on open source, yet they are not releasing what they’re relying on,” Higgins said. “It’s like they’re ashamed.”

These investigations are a good example of what Higgins wants to do with Bellingcat: create a community of online citizen investigative journalists that can fact check or even unearth evidence using open source intelligence available online. Higgins has been doing this for years, parsing tens of thousands of YouTube videos coming out of Syria to figure out which ones were legitimate and which was were not.

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