Bellingcat Talks Tankers, Deepfakes, and State Propaganda


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Misinformation. Grainy and low resolution images from government sources. Signals intelligence. Satellite imagery. Photographs and social media posts from those nearby. Online databases of vast and public knowledge. These, and more, are the tools by which Eliot Higgins and Bellingcat suss out truth in a complicated world.

On June 13, something attacked two oil tankers in the Gulf of Oman. The United States blamed Iran, producing footage it claimed linked Iran’s Revolutionary Guard to the incident. Iran denied responsibility and people aboard the tanker say the story the US is telling doesn’t add up.

So is this a clever sleight of hand from Iran, a Gulf of Tonkin style operation meant to draw the US into war, or something else entirely. Here to help us figure that out, and more importantly how he came to the conclusion, is Eliot Higgins of Bellingcat.

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