Guardian Investigative Journalism

  • Sat, 13 Oct 2018 18:00:01 +0000: Citizen journalists – the fighters on the frontline against Russia’s attacks - Investigative journalism | The Guardian

    We can no longer count on our governments to protect us from a tide of disinformation. Our security rests in the hands of open source intelligence, as pioneered by Bellingcat

    When the story of 2018 is told, historians may be hard pressed to say which was weirdest: that a deadly nerve agent was deployed in a quiet cathedral town on the edge of Salisbury Plain, at the heart of our military establishment. Or that the Russian suspects were identified not by British intelligence but a group described last week as “armchair investigators”.

    Because we now know not just the identities of the two men who travelled to Salisbury with a military-grade chemical weapon but also the arm of the Russian army that deployed them – thanks to Bellingcat, a citizen investigation site founded by Eliot Higgins, a former blogger who started it from a laptop on his sofa in breaks from caring for his daughter.

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  • Sun, 30 Sep 2018 08:00:49 +0000: How a college drop out became a champion of investigative journalism - Investigative journalism | The Guardian

    The founder of Bellingcat explains how his site went from a hobby to exposing the identity of one of the novichok poisoning suspects

    Things might have worked out very differently for Eliot Higgins if his studies had kept pace with technology.

    The 39-year-old founder of Bellingcat, an investigative website, which in its short life has broken scoop after scoop – including last week’s blockbuster, unmasking one of the alleged perpetrators of the novichok attack in Salisbury – never intended to be at the vanguard of open-source journalism.

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  • Thu, 27 Sep 2018 11:50:13 +0000: 'We got really lucky': how novichok suspects' identities were revealed - Investigative journalism | The Guardian

    Old-school journalism and intuition are behind success of Bellingcat and The Insider sites

    The odds of finding the Salisbury novichok poisoning suspects’ real identities seemed remote.

    The man who called himself Ruslan Boshirov had no social media profiles, no publicly registered businesses or phonebook listings, and after giving a brief and bizarre interview on the state-funded RT television station earlier this month, many Russia watchers assumed he would simply disappear into the ether.

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  • Wed, 26 Sep 2018 17:25:19 +0000: Salisbury poisoning suspect identified as Russian colonel - Investigative journalism | The Guardian

    ‘Ruslan Boshirov’ is actually decorated GRU officer Anatoliy Chepiga, investigators say

    One of the two suspects in the Salisbury novichok poisoning has been identified as a highly decorated officer in Russia’s military intelligence service (GRU).

    The online investigative sites Bellingcat and the Insider uncovered information identifying one of the two suspects – previously named as Ruslan Boshirov – as Col Anatoliy Chepiga, a special forces veteran.

    Related: Russian passport leak after Salisbury may reveal spy methods

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  • Thu, 28 Jun 2018 10:00:06 +0000: Three Identical Strangers: the bizarre tale of triplets separated at birth - Investigative journalism | The Guardian

    The director of one of the year’s most shocking documentaries talks about his extraordinary subjects, the film-making process, and the age-old question: nature or nurture?

    “Ideas are my bread and butter,” says film-maker Tim Wardle. “But it’s hard to find ideas that make you want to get out of bed at 3am and go film somewhere.”

    That, however, was not the case when a producer at Raw, the London-based production company where Wardle works, brought to his attention the story of Bobby Shafran, Eddy Galland and David Kellman, a set of identical triplets who knew nothing of one another until they were reunited by happenstance at age 19. That alone would make for a compelling documentary, but their story doesn’t end there.

    Related: How two small documentaries stormed the US box office this summer

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