I'm sure you've all heard by now about the tragic downing of Malaysia Airlines Flight MH17, which was shot down over Ukraine about a week ago. So far there's been looting, thievery, and general distrust from every side about who is to blame for this horrible tragedy.
U.S. satellites were able to pinpoint the missile that shot down Flight 17, but have not been forthcoming with any other evidence as of late. Recently, crucial information has been filtering into the media about Flight 17 and who is to blame, but it's not coming from any government.
Instead, armchair journalists lead by a man named Eliot Higgins - aka Brown Moses - are uncovering information about the attack and posting it for everyone to see.
Higgins and a few of his Twitter followers were able to find the approximate location of the Buk missile that was used to shoot down the passenger plane. By using widely available tools like Google Earth, Twitter, and YouTube, these armchair sleuths determined that the missile was being transported through the town of Snizhne based on a YouTube video.
— Eliot Higgins (@EliotHiggins) July 17, 2014
The tweet reads: Looks like the Buk spotted near Snizhne was roughly 15km-20km away from the crash site when filmed ... Refined #MH17 crash location 12km from the Snizhne Buk based on this tweet from @henkvaness
Snizhne is a pro-Russian held town on the border of Ukraine. Higgins' followers pinpointed the exact location of the photographed missile truck in Torez, another town in the Eastern Ukraine.
You can see the image of the missile in Torez in another of Higgins' tweets.
— Eliot Higgins (@EliotHiggins) July 18, 2014
Higgins' tweet reads: Good work by @AricToler who has geolocated this photo to Torez, not Snizhne as widely claimed.
Higgins' taskforce also determined that the YouTube video that filmed a truck carrying a Buk missile launcher minus the missile was in a town close to the Ukraine-Russia border. Russia denied these allegations.
"The Russians lied," Higgins wrote in his post on Bellingcat, his new website to promote the work of other investigative citizen journalists and to teach others about the tools they use. The site is currently raising money on Kickstarter.
This doesn't mean that the Russians are the ones to blame, but there is compelling evidence that things are being covered up.