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How Bellingcat cracks some of the world's biggest stories

Eliot Higgins, founder of the investigative collective Bellingcat, tells us how the group used online information to break some of its biggest stories — from the poisoning of Alexei Navalny to the downing of Flight MH17 in Ukraine — and why he wants others to follow in Bellingcat's footsteps.
There are several models of Buk Missile Systems used by multiple countries, including both the Russian and Ukrainian government military. (Mikhail Metzel/Associated Press)

Investigative collective Bellingcat has broken some of the biggest stories of the past few years — including the poisoning of Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny and the downing of Flight MH17 in Ukraine. The group has cracked many of its cases using freely available information with the help of amateur internet sleuths.

Founder Eliot Higgins recently wrote We Are Bellingcat, a book about the collective's work. He joins us to explain how Bellingcat uncovered some of its biggest stories and why he thinks others should try their hand at it too.