Open source intelligence methods are being used to investigate war crimes in Ukraine

Internet sleuths are using publicly available information — satellite imagery, videos, social media — to reveal secrets.


We’ve heard about so-called open-source intelligence for a few years now. It’s where publicly available information – things like satellite imagery, phone videos, social media – can be pieced together to reveal secrets about wars or threats. Now it’s being used to track down war crimes and war criminals in Ukraine. It is painstaking work carried out by an army of internet sleuths. NPR’s Deborah Amos reports from Berlin, where some of them are based.



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