Eliot Higgins of Bellingcat, Who is He? Everything You Need to Know…

This is part of the series, Who’s Who in Ukraine Propaganda (#3) 

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In 2016, I’ll be returning to my country of the UK, and there’s a man I’d certainly like to meet for an interview. While I was working on the scene from the war in Eliot Higgins 2Donbass, Eliot Higgins, of Bellingcat, was the man sitting on a sofa taking, and manipulating, YouTube videos (including my own) of Donbass, MH17, Syria, using them to disseminate misinformation, lies, to the world.

However, he’s unlikely ever to agree to an interview with me, because, you see, Higgins, from the UK, born 1979, avoids sources who may raise uncomfortable questions much like critics have accused his work of avoiding basis in science, or fact (see below for more on that).

So, who exactly is Eliot Higgins? The man western media fawn over to the extent you may think it’s Eliot’s own mum writing the press, with headlines like ‘Putin’s Fullscreen capture 28022016 123353.bmpMH17 Nemesis‘ and ‘One-Man Intelligence Unit‘ (and that, enthusiastically promoted by the UK government in Ukraine, and not only them – US, Estonian government sources and more, open fans of his work).

Well, this is how a standard Eliot Higgins piece, and they are manifold, begins, in the western press – As rockets fell in Syria Eliot Higgins was asleep at his house 2,300 miles away, in Leicester. He woke a few hours later, roused his toddler daughter, Ela, and padded downstairs to make her porridge.’

That from the Telegraph, March 29th, 2014. Higgins affectionately portrayed as a kind of Winnie the Pooh meets a Beautiful Mind as he goes on to crack the enigma which had eluded the world etc etc.

Here, the Independent from January 18th, 2015 – 

Eliot Higgins 1‘Any of us can pause a YouTube video or find an old friend on Facebook. But only one man has used these simple online tools to expose the world’s darkest secrets. No wonder everyone from the police to Google wants a piece of the blogger from Leicester.’

Newsweek –  from June 2015 – 

‘Sipping a can of beer and devouring french fries in a Brussels hotel room, Eliot Higgins doesn’t look like the type to get involved in armed conflicts. The Englishman has a baby face, slumped shoulders and a soft Midlands accent. But over the past three years, the 36-year-old former administrator and obsessive gamer has spent hundreds of hours scouring the Internet to find out the truth about faraway wars – from the use of chemical weapons in Syria to Russian troops invading Ukraine – all from the comfort of his couch.’

But what if it’s not really like that, at all?

What if the ‘Founder of Bellingcat. Visiting research associate at King’s College London. Nonresident Senior Fellow – New Information Frontiers @AtlanticCouncil.‘ (his own Twitter description), isn’t really that?

Chauncey GardinerWhat if Eliot Higgins is, at best, a latter day Chauncey Gardiner , (pictured, the Peter Sellers character  from film ‘Being There’ who rose to success on the back of mental limitations mistaken for genius)? Or what if it’s even worse – what if Higgins is actually a liar, a faker, a fraud?

Let’s have a look at a 10 Higgins bullet-points –

Higgins is from Leicester in the UK, born in 1979, He never finished college, dropping out of the Southampton Institute of Higher Education. When asked for interview what he studied at university, his answer was , “Media . . . I think.”

He once worked as payments officer at a women’s underwear company. (“I’m more interested in lingerie than asylum seekers,”)In 2012, the hardcore online gamer (a World of Warcraft addict), Higgins was laid off from his job as an administrator at a non-profit providing housing for asylum seekers, turns to blogging, under the pseudonym ‘Brown Moses‘, from a Frank Zappa track.

Сredited, by some, with uncovering chemical weapons in Syria in 2013. Whether he actually did this, is the subject of debate (what he is documented as doing is agreeing to suppress information that the rebels had chemical weapons, Eliot Higgins Bellingcatand were behind chemical weapon attacks on Aleppo which had killed civilians). In any case, Higgins’ chemical weapons revelations were enthusiastically disseminated across western media, the US, UN, glowingly endorsed by western governments, but comprehensively debunked by Theodore Postol, a professor in the Science, Technology, and Global Security Working Group at MIT –

It’s clear and unambiguous this munition could not have come from Syrian government-controlled areas as the White House claimed.”

While the western media fell in love with tale of the ‘expert who exposed Syrian chemical weapons from his bedroom‘, other, real, experts (and Higgins has always been completely open about his lack of expertise) were less convinced. Higgins, Postol said,has done a very nice job collecting information on a website. As far as his analysis, it’s so lacking any analytical foundation it’s clear he has no idea what he’s talking about.”

In January 2015, Bellingcat published a report into events in Mariupol, Ukraine, May 9th, 2014, when Ukrainian forces entered the city, opening fire, resulting in a death count given by Ukrainian sources as over 20, but by some sources as high as 100. Bellingcat took the figure down to 13. Despite video of Ukrainian forces opening fire on unarmed civilians, Bellingcat entirely exonerated them, described them as ‘acting with restraint’.

This exoneration of the actions of Ukrainian forces, and others of its kind, has allowed Eliot Higgins MH17western governments to continue their unconditional support for Ukraine, in the war in Donbass, without question.

Through 2015, Higgins’ Bellingcat rises to become one of the key agents in the MH17 investigation, with Higgins himself frequently trumpeting his appearances across the world’s media. This is despite Bellingcat’s frequently being caught out in fabrications – those MH17 videos which formed the bedrock of Bellingcat’s claims, comprehensively debunked here. Then there was the humiliation of Der Spiegel, one of Europe’s largest publications … issuing an apology for using Bellingcat’s work as a reliable source.  German image forensics expert Jens Kriese tore Bellingcat apart here –

‘From the perspective of forensics, the Bellingcat approach is not very robust. The core of what they are doing is based on so-called Error Level Analysis (ELA). The Bellingcatmethod is subjective and not based entirely on science. This is why there is not a single scientific paper that addresses it. Contrary to what Bellingcat claims, Error Level Analysis does not provide clear results.

The conclusion is always based on the perspective of humans, on their interpretation.’This, along with stringent criticism from a range of sources – from the ‘Off-Guardian‘ site -‘Even casual conversation with him reveals the embarrassing truth that his “research”, so lauded in the popular media, consists of entry-level computer skills and an awful lot of smoke-blowing. You or I or literally anyone over the age of seven with internet access could do it. If we thought it was worth while.’

The criticism hasn’t just been limited to text, this German satirical programme did a quite unerring take-off of Higgins –

Higgins is actually becoming rather an internet joke –

These have done the rounds –

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And just have a look on Twitter with the search #Bellingcrap

Higgins either vehemently hates, or has been told to hate Russia, and Russia’s president Putin. Have a look at his Twitter timeline, of some 127,000 tweets, and it can read at times like one man trolling an entire country. A stream, a barrage, of anti-Russian tweets, retweets, and Higgins doesn’t even try to hide that he despises Russia, or has been told to – this just from a quick ‘Russia‘ search of his recent tweets, and just a small sampling –Screen CapturesWith this taken into account, what conclusion was Higgins’ Bellingcat ever going to come to, apart from that it was Russia, indeed Putin himself, responsible for the tragic downing of MH17? And for the ‘expert’ on Donbass, Higgins has made his feelings similarly clear –Fullscreen capture 28022016 163501.bmp

Higgins hates RT now, never missing a chance to tear into them. Typical tweet –Fullscreen capture 28022016 145812.bmpBut, he used to be proud of their endorsement – this, from 2013 – a list of media he was happy to advertise his connection to.Screen Captures1 So what happened there? I’ve worked for RT, and will say this with all due respect, they are quite modest in the payment they offer. It’s not hard to find channels, and outlets, who pay a lot more.

In the early, Brown Moses, 
days, Higgins used to make frequent appeals for finances, with support links prominently displayed. However, the current Bellingcat site doesn’t even appear to have a ‘donate’ / ‘support’ option. And Fullscreen capture 28022016 154321.bmpBellingcat has grown to an operation which lists itself as being run by ‘eight volunteers’ but is clearly far in excess of that – a professional website which is updated sometimes with several articles a day, on which extensive research has been expended. But when it’s Bellingcat, all the evidence shows that the research is done to back up a conclusion already arrived at, rather than arrive at a conclusion based on research.

Higgins now works not from home, but from an office, in his hometown of Leicester. So where’s the money coming from for Bellingcat, clearly now an operation requiring considerable financial support?That’s unclear, Higgins has yet to publish any record of where the finance comes from, all the ‘About‘ section of the Bellingcat site says is -‘Bellingcat uses open source and social media investigation to investigate a variety of subjects, from Mexican drug lords to conflicts being fought across the world. Bellingcat brings together contributors who specialise in open source and social media investigation, and creates guides and case studies so others may learn to do the same.’

For a lot of people, it’s highly convenient that Eliot Higgins is an ‘expert’, and his agency Bellingcat taken seriously. This is a man who, with his agency Bellingcat, will absolutely always back the position of western governments, and powerful western organisations. And they’ll do whatever it takes to make sure Eliot Higgins expert 1he’s taken seriously, lay on all the the trappings, auspices of highbrow, on trend terms like ‘open source investigation’ and ‘error level analysis‘, be sure he’s given awards, plaudits, made a ‘fellow’, ‘expert’, at sympathetic organisations, appears at the right seminars, conferences, everything to apply the sheen of credibility.

When it comes to defending himself from criticism, Eliot is adept at deflecting criticism of himself onto the seemingly ‘too cool to criticise ‘open source investigation’, of which he is a leading practitioner. These tweets, from today, in response to his being told this article would be coming out –

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Yet, what if behind the new, buzz ‘open source’ investigation of Higgins lies just plain old falsification?

This recent, absolutely comprehensive, article makes the point, one yet to have penetrated the public perception of ‘open source Fullscreen capture 28022016 152434.bmp
investigation’, that all this new jazz can be used as the respectable front for one of the oldest scams, falsification – see this tweet on the theme.

Creating social media accounts to post misinformation, free of all the source checks, verification of other sources as this is ‘citizen journalism’ and all things cool, which can’t be questioned because a lot of people don’t really know what they are. This, then passed off, and on, into Bellingcat, and up it goes higher into the food chain of mass media, unquestioned, unchecked.

So you can see why a lot of people really have an interest in making Eliot Higgins out to be an authority, a Fullscreen capture 28022016 153608.bmpreputed source, an expert. Have a look at his profile on the Atlantic Council site, an agency funded by governments across the world (25, no less), to promote their position under the guise of being a ‘think tank’. Higgins now works with them, and they call him ‘

Eliot Higgins – Nonresident Senior Fellow, New Information Frontiers, Future Europe Initiative, Expertise Topics, Digital Forensic Research and Open Source Intelligence.’

There’s a real convenience about Higgins. He’s positioned himself as one of the foremost exponents of the still-being-defined ‘open source’. Higgins himself has shaped and defined what we currently know as ‘open source investigation’. And he’s made one of the tenets of it never, ever, needing to go to the place in question.

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Higgins has never been near the MH17 site, Syria, or anywhere else on where he’s an apparent ‘expert’. Higgins may not go to any of the places he ‘investigates’, but he does travel the world being an ‘expert’ at various conferences, receiving awards – all of these used (and used by Higgins himself, who doesn’t shy from self-promotion , making extensive mention on Twitter of his own participation at conferences, using a photo from such for his profile) to propagate ‘Higgins, the expert.

It’s very handy for some people, having a guy who doesn’t need to be sent anywhere, who, from his sofa, can quickly come up with the conclusions so beloved of western press, and governments. He’s also clearly a hard worker, dogmatic, persistent, the man who used to spend endless hours gaming now happy to spend that time on Bellingcat ‘investigations’. Higgins took part in the official  MH17 investigation, and even boasted about knowing the result of the MH17 report before it was released – so sure was he, he even challenged me to a bet over it (I declined).

So, make your own mind up.

Who is Eliot Higgins, and Bellingcat, really? Are they indeed the experts the western media would have us believe? Or are we

Eliot Higgins Bellingcrapbeing stitched up by a man either of limited abilities plunged into the limelight, making the most of all that goes with it – fawning western media write ‘He often doesn’t finish sentences, as if his mind is racing elsewhere‘ – but could it be, that Higgins is actually rather simply rather a dim man, being used, and fine with that, by higher powers?

Or is Higgins actually an intelligent calculating individual, who has exploited the opportunity to make a name for himself, make a lot of money? One thing about Higgins is sure. He’s a liar. A conman. A charlatan. And whatever associations the name ‘Higgins’ and ‘Bellingcat’ have now, the future can surely only be these names associated with fabrication, fraud, a scam. All that will be debated, is whether Higgins is a latter-day Donald Crowhurst, a hapless man forced into a web of deceit, or a Bernie Madoff, who knew just what he was doing all along.

34 thoughts on “Eliot Higgins of Bellingcat, Who is He? Everything You Need to Know…”

  1. The defining moment for me with western media, (I don’t know if this was Higgin’s report or not) was the video played on Western Media of the people of East Ukraine gathering to see the wreckage of M 17 and the video made out that the people were scavenging the wreckage when in fact the man who picked up a child’s toy and set it on top of a piece of the wreckage to get it out of the mud. At that point I knew that I would not take anything at face value from Main Stream Media again. I now go to several sites to verify the news. I read the comments of the locals on FB which give a very clear picture of what is going on.

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    1. The west got a nasty-ass cock-up of the whole MH17 disaster – from Day one reports of Kyiv tapping ‘Russian’ phone conversations, to last summer’s documentary that reported one of the pieces of wreckage, that had yet to be retrieved by ‘investigators’, was one of the pilots’ seats, pictured in a pile of aircraft junk being kept for retrieval in a library near the crash site. Surely nobody missed the fact that Malaysian investigators somehow made it to the scene two days after the crash and more than a week before the Dutch were ‘permitted’ to leave Kyiv – and that OSCE observers were on-site every day for a month – they never reported ‘looting’, although a Sky TV journo was caught ‘going through’ luggage.

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  2. “Winnie the Pooh meets a Beautiful Mind”. A seamingly funny but deceptive conjunction. It’s difficult to quantify between Higgins and John Nash (the person on which a Beautiful Mind is based) who is or has been the most dangerous and destructive. Perhaps influenced by his paranoid schizophrenia, working for the Rand corporation, Nash developed a very nasty concept of human behavior underpinning his ideas on non-cooperative game theory as applied to economics. Just the sort of theory that right wing political theorists and policy makers wanted to hear to support their views that society comprise selfish individuals.
    Nash was wrong, his experiments were flawed, and he later renounced his ideas.

    A very good analysis of Nash is given by one of the most insightful documentary makers of our time, Adam Curtis, in his documentary The Trap: What Happened to Our Dream of Freedom. I highly recommend it.

    There are echo’s of Nash’s nasty theory of human behavior in Higgins’ choice for himself. Higgins has chosen to be a propagandist who’s aim, it would appear, is the destabilisation or destruction of the Russian Federation. The ultimate long term aim being the imposition of US capital in Russia. Putin is merely a temporary bogyman. In so far as Europe is weakened it is of comparative long term benefit to the US. Ukraine has become a pawn of the US and I don’t expect that the US will settle for a peaceful outcome to Minsk 2 should European leaders want to relax sanctions. The provocation of the Russian Federation via MH17 may have been overreach by Poroshenko acting alone, and not a plot masterminded in Washington, in an attempt to cement protection of Ukraine by the US and the future formal inclusion of Ukraine into NATO and the European Union. But it is a high stakes game.

    MH17 as Robert Parry suggests may have been due to a radical element in Ukraine, think here neo-nazi, random shootings, remember Odessa. The Right Sector has vowed to bring down Poroshenko should he progress Minsk 2. An all out ethnic cleansing program in the East of Ukraine will force Putins hand.

    Higgins has chosen to become a war drummer. There’s a lot of noise without substance or stated goals. Who is at risk of suffering? The same who are already suffering or have lost their lives. The tens of thousands of Ukrainians who have been forced accross the border into Russia. And should Putin step forward to protect Eastern Ukrainian people from an all out assault not only will Russian servicemen die, Russian people will suffer further economic hardship. Winnie the poo is rather a soft image for a nasty warmonger.

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  3. Who needs to ‘go’ anywhere on earth when one can simply GoogleEarth around the globe and ”zoom in’ on points of interest? Some have, wait for it, a ‘street view’ that puts you right into the imaginary action and other places have actual photographs you can download, edit and make your own.

    Right now I’m working on an internet solution to slow earthquake warnings.

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  4. Getting paid to lie,
    This sounds like regular mainstream professional western journalism.

    An important current propaganda target agenda is, to give Blogs and internet information a bad name: Therefor, he can make more ridiculous lies, without education, as a blogger, than if he was working for a westen newspaper.

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  5. “A charlatan. And whatever associations the name ‘Higgins’ and ‘Bellingcat’ have now, the future can surely only be these names associated with fabrication, fraud, a scam.”

    Your so right Graham, it’ll be called the Bellingcat Bounce

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  6. I respect rights of Elliot Higgins/Bellingcat to be free in his investigation activities to lean any interesting things for him. He is a honest person and he answered about himself as about a curious unprofessional investigator, using open Internet resources and without any military background of knowledge of military analysing technique – so, just an interest to know the truth as a main engine of his activities, which common for plenty people, reading on the themes of their interests. 2,nd In a history, we know as Gold of ancient troy town and Toy had been founded by unprofeccional Shliman and no by no one professional or Academics at all 3rd. We know as The ordinary teacher from some ordinary school from Kaluga as Mr Cialkovsky had open the rocket technology to fly to a cosmos as the 1st person – and again – not prfessional and not Academics 4st We saw as, for example all high rank American military professionals and spies had proved Bush words about weapon as a rocket in Iraq with 20 minutes to fly to Europe/USA, ready to start to fly as the excuse to start the war with Iraq to destoy the economy of Iraq and to kill own American soldiers, American Citizens, here too. So, we saw situation as all high rank professional said what their politics ordered them to say to think. … see a point as sometimes unprofessional much better, not all times, but sometimes – they do. …. You said to as as you wish to know the truth – to know the truth – ti ivestigate all options and possibilities, and so to respect rights of others as of Elliot to try to ivestigate this all too, …. The problem is that Politics prefer opinions of unprofessionals sometimes rigther professionals if they have their political goals. … The problem as and you and Elliot tried to seacrh th truth from 1 side only, to close eyes to any other possibilities or evedences or facts as not interesting. You can not blame Elliot for his wish to ivestigate the truth as he did a lot of job to collect the information from Internet, to copare photos, details – a huge job, which would be right to respect. His opinions may be right or may be wrong as unprofessional job – but he did a lot activities, spending his time too.
    …. The problem as no one put the question about this Ukrainian air traffic controller whom had been a person ordered to low a distance to a ;land in war zone conflict to the MH17. as if he would not – all would be safe and alive
    … The problem as no one in common sense will order to civilian plane to transit fly across the war zone conflict on a low distance to be easy shooting here —- the common sense was enough to protect the plane MH17 and lives.
    … The problem was here already as a civilian war zone conflict, with Ukrainian military planes bombing civilian objects, houses, schools, and locals tried to stop this shooting as the reaction to protect their properties, so, thye tried to shoot these military plane to protect their properties, houses, schools. and the order to fly here – was a dangerous to be mistaken with the military plane and so to be shooting or by locals or by Ukrainians as they had a loa value of lives of others already.
    … The problem was as American planes stopped to fly in Donbass area before the event with MH17 plane here already – and this worked to protect American planes — – the problem as Americans ahd informed their alies in NATO in Europe and UK about the dangerous to fly here — – instead of this, American President Obama said as Ukraine is a safety friend of all Europe, putting others to trust to Ukraine as here safe, and in a secret from all allies in NATO in EU/UK had the stop just American planes transit via Ukraine Donbass to save just American planes – not lives of American allies in Nato, Europe, UK.
    … See a point as American planes stopped to fly here before MH17 – they had analized this as much too dangerous to fly and but notinformed no one to save others and other lives of their allies on NATO.
    … Another point as any adult with a common sense if he-she-they would just checked the fly way across war zone would said as this much too dangerous for a civilian plane to fly here, still low to a land. It was enough any adults with the common sense, not educated cleaner-woman as a mother and grandmother would be enough here while there are had been plenty high rank paid specialist in the safety of fly in airport in Europe and in Nederland too whom had not did this saying just good bye to fly as a transit fly in war zone.
    ,,, The plane MH17 was a s a some small child under his mother-adult command what and how to do – to where to fly, to low a distance and where – this was a reason as a loss of lives too as to listen a low not responsible people with a low value of lives what to do – the way easy to be killed.
    …. Ukraine had a lots of money from transit planes and the obligation to provide their safety and they had not did this as it was not any safety on Ukrainian games to fly for civilian transit planes in war zone conflict and still low a didstnce to a land to create their easy way to be shooting.
    ….. if someone said to the child – let’s walk across this busy motaway with plenty cars, as this safety for you to do! – this would be about the situation in Ukraine with Ukrainian air traffic controller and Obama and USA, saying to all as this safe! loudly, but ordered all flights for American planes here.
    …. if Obama and uSA as Politicians ahd not lied to push others to lie, someone would said openly publicly – how this would be safety? in a country where the value of all lives so low? people killed kids? women? men? pensioners? here a bombing of properties, houses, towns, villages, schools, hospitals, buses? how this country and people from here may be safe? with their low value of lives of other people? to trust them? to trust own safety to them?
    …. People in Maleysia listend CNN to know news? so, Had American news with Obama said as unsafe fly in Ukarine where a low value of lives and a civilian war zone with bombing properties from polanes? easy to be mistaken and shooting? by any of 2 sides of this conflicts here? as they shot each another here? not safety to fly@!
    … see a point as much to hard to survive for any person or bussiness on rely on American news from Obama and CNN about Ukraine, with the closure information from here – people could not planed the safety travel way or own bussiness for planes safety trafic ways as it was sounded as a safety way for planes by American news CNN, by Obama – and whom trusted – they died.
    … Had someone investigate whom said as the safe to fly via Ukraine as not any civilian war zone conflicts here, probably and all people happy?

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  7. 1. Whom was a person whom said as it was safe to fly for plane in Ukraine in war zone conflict with bombing and shooting on a low distance from the land?
    2. What was a name of Ukrainian air traffic controller whom used to order to MH17 to fly in war zone and to low the distance with a land?
    3. What would said any adult with a common sense about the safety to fly for civilian planes in a war zone conflicts with shooting from 2 sides here and with bombing from planes?
    4. What was a reason for American planes to stop to fly here in Donbass zone Ukraine still before events with MH17? What was a reason of such decision and on which base?
    5, Why had other air companies had continue their flights here? not followed by Amrican example? which was easy to noticed as the absence all American planes flying here?
    6. Had someone in airport in Holland nederland checked the flight information list way -across Ukraine war zone – as safety way for a plane to fly – before to put the plane in the air on the safety flight to Malaysia?
    7. British Citizens had been on this plane, died in MH17 – Had Americans informed British as not official or official as a dangerous to fly here in Donbass Ukraine? to sabe lives of their British allies?
    8. It was the information – a true or not a true – as Germans and others tried to say before about the stop flights here as unsafe for planes – as this had not been done – whom was a person whom had took the responsibility decided as this safe to continue flights across Ukraine and Donbass?
    9. Obama said as Ukraine is the safety friendly country to others – so, what was a reson of such low trust to Ukraine, Ukrainian air trafic controller in their ability to provide the safety flights for American planes to stop to flight here before MH17? and if this was not safe for American planes – why had Obama and USA and American had not warned others? their own allies in NATO in Europe and in UK? or in news? to people to choose other ways as not via Ukraine?
    10. I am glad as some people tried to lean the truth as they could. as a loss of belives in words of all Politicians and news too – CNN said one – whom had believed to CNN and to Obama as Ukraine the safe friendly country – they used fly in MH17 as the safe way and it was a good bye way.

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  8. on a video, Elliot as Bellinghat had not saidabout himself as a qualifited military specialist – he said as unprofessional and not educated as any military specialist, just the great engine of curiosity to search things from open public Internet resources was here as the base….. and this is not his guilt as Politicians preferred his unprofessional opinions and thoights as more valueble opinions rigther opinions of some professionals.

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  9. 1.

    Someone said:
    – O, go, go! Fly here – this will be safety for you! (about #MH17 )
    – Whom were he/they being?

    2.

    Whom had being people giving the permission for planes to fly here? Had they been named? sacked? puting under criminal investigation? under open public look?

    3.

    If this a truth about BUK 332 from 53 Avia Brigada from Kursk – they might here trying to protect civilian properties from a bombing? by planes? and so, to be mistaked if passed to unprofessional local hands to use here? as unprofessional military personal might not recognise the diffrences between a military and a civilian planes?

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    Another versa was about some military Ukrainian plane.

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    Another versa was about the explosion on the board of plane

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    American salletats were here, with their easy visual pictures of all, and so in the cases of some newcoming BUK for the use of this area, as the uping the risk for planes to fly — had American military people informed their European/British allies about this and so the needs of the full closure of all civilian transit planes in this area?

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    American planes stopped to fly here before 17-Jul-2014 MH17 crash here – so ir was some information as much to damgerous to fly here – — but why Americans had not passed their information or warnings to others? to their own allies in Europe? to UK? just to news? to people to avaid this all, planning their trips?

    8.

    What information was the base of stopping for flights of American planes here? Why Americans ahd not shared this information with others? including their own allies? this looking as Ameicans said to others – go, go! fly here – this would be safety for you! and so, MH17 had flied.

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  10. So, whom was/were the safety authoroty of Ukraine.Europe, giving their permission to fly for civilian transit flights across Ukraine Donbass civilian war zone conflicts with shooting here and bombing here and using planes to bomb properties of civilinas as a fully safety flights here on a low distance to a land?

    Why had American planes stopped to fly here before MH17 17 July 2014 all? And, if this was unsafety for Americsan planes just? Had Americans informed their won allies in NATO EU/UK if this was so dangerous to fly here to save lives their allies in NATO? What information was the base of decision of American air company to stop to fly here? as Obama and American CNN news said as Ukraine was the safety democratic frienly to Europe country – so, Ukrainian air traffic controller would protected lives of all air passangers flying in trasit flights across Ukraine?

    What was the name of this Ukrainian Air Traffic Controller whom ordered to MH17 plane to fly across a war zone conflict and still to low the distance with the land of the civilian war conflict as a complitly safety for European planes here? I can not believe this was Putin as Ukrainian Air Traffic Control for MH17 plane?

    Someone said:
    – O, go, go! Fly here – this will be safety for you! (about #MH17 )
    – Whom were he/they being?

    Whom had check the flight list destination across Ukraine war zone conflict in airport for MH17 in Holland as the safety route to fly? saying – good bye, MH17!

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  11. Interesting overview of criticisms. One I’d like to add here is a rather fundamental one. Bellingcat’s mission is “to use open source information to report on issues that are being ignored” when for example using Google Earth imagery which is not open-source at all but offered under a license without any metadata attached.

    Why does it matter? Wikipedia and other sources define open source as “free, unlimited access to content” and especially that it would promote “universal access via a free license to a product’s design or blueprint”.

    Which is exactly what all the “social media”, the “Google Earth” content or even purchases from satellite operators DO NOT PROVIDE. And even in cases like the satellite image products from DigitalGlobe , their license explicitly INHIBITS any free, unlimited access to the originals, the extended metadata and any further comparison material or technical documentation on the processing. In other words, it’s rather closed data after all. Bellingcat basically says: just buy the license and then keep the exact processing of the material to yourself. Or purchase some more with similar legal limitations. That’s not open source at all. Publicizing about it and scoring is free and easy.

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  12. mh17 black boxes , cockpit voice recorder have now been kept secret for about 1000 days they exist the so called investigation has releasd tranccript from 13.09 to 13.20 pm nothing before 13.09 pm what do they contain no doubt when the heat is off with pssage of time some totally sanitised bowlderised version will be released what did the pilot say when kiev atc told him to fly over the battlefield good bye ? rip !

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  13. the offerings of belling scat featured in 2 bbc documentaries about mh17 in both of these pretty nauseating bits of pure propaganda i think that the engrossing detail and pseudo scientific presentation was not important for its own content but for the old magicians trick of misdirection , that is to dirtact the viewr from the glaring fact that mh17 was under full control of ukrainian kiev air traffic control and it was kiev atc that for no valid reason changed mh17 flight path from it’s usual safe route over the sea of azov to one 100 miles north deliberately over the battlefield. which incidently took it right over the site of an atrocity the previous day namaly snizhne where ukrainian jets bombed a block of flats killing 11 mainly bedridden oaps on 16th july. all the technical guff from bellingscat most of it after the fact was not so important as directing the viewers atention away from the fundamental and undeniable fact that it was ukrainian air traffic control that directed mh17 to its death

    amazingly on the very day 17th or 18th the bbc broadcast that mh17 flight path was changed due to thunder storms over sea of azov, this was entirely false a bbc fabrication for benefit of kiev atc but it did apparently lead to ukrainian secret service siezing metreological records all over ukraine an interesting case of a bbc lie informing the actions of a foreign sis

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  14. It is really strange to find evidences of MH17 crash details of plane had not been collected by the Investigators team from Holland in full, leaved, and really, as refuses to collect all details of plane still for now,March 2017, – Graham Phillips had his video to say to show this details, which he tried to pass, and it was not a response of collectors from Holland. So, the MH17 plane crash re-building project had missing details, while some might be important for the conclusion. Including, nobody knows the name of this Ukrainian Air Traffic Controller, whom ordered the change of route MH17 for this unsafe route to a death.

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  15. Whom was this particular person as Ukrainian Air Traffic Controller, whom ordered a flight route, height, distance from the ground for MH17 plane? as this change of route-the choice of height-distance from the ground was a real reason to have this unsafe flight to a death.

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