We Are Bellingcat

author: Eliot Higgins (2021)
date read: 29 June 2022
rating: ★ ★ ★ ★ ☆

This was a gift from Mum, although I don’t remember exactly when.

It’s about an investigative journalism group Bellingcat, who do fact checking and investigation based on “open-source information” – looking at information from publicly accessible sources, like social media and online maps. The book explains how Eliot went from being a blogger to leading the group, which has worked on an impressive list of cases – including the downing of MH17, the poisoning of the Skripals in Salisbury, and the Syrian civil war.

It’s quite a thrilling story, bouncing from case to case, explaining what they were able to find – and often, the people who didn’t want them to find it. The Russian secret service makes multiple appearances.

A fun and enjoyable read.

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