Bellingcat (NATO state psy-op)
Bellingcat is a NATO state psy-op, as their own state partners admit. A leaked report for the UK gov't states: “Bellingcat was somewhat discredited, both by spreading disinformation itself, and by being willing to produce reports for anyone willing to pay.”
ANNEX B: RISK MANAGEMENT
1.5.1. EXECUTIVE SUMMARY OF GROUP D:
- These organisations are generally regarded as well established, independent and free from Russian influence.
- ZDG, which operates in the 'dual-threat' environment of Moldova, has been involved in numerous lawsuits but has yet to lose one. Its fellow Moldovan organisation, Newsmaker, is potentially vulnerable to Kremlin influence, given its general director's connection to pro-Putin oligarch Alisher Usmanov, though despite this it has to date remained consistently critical of both the Moldovan and Russian governments.
- There are some financial transparency concerns relating to Newsmaker, ZDG, and IfPA, who do not disclose their funding. There are also concerns that CEPA is a vehicle for US interests and is being used to influence Polish politics in a pro-US direction.
- Other concerns were that the CPDA and ISD had analytical shortcomings, and that Bellingcat was somewhat discredited, both by spreading disinformation itself, and by being willing to produce reports foranyone willing to pay.