20Aug 2017

In the late 1990s and early 2000s, a network was created in Belgium to discredit the so-called Trio formed of Patokh Chodiev, Alijan Ibragimov and Alexander Mashkevitch. The network was coordinated by Eric Van de Weghe, an exotic character connected with intelligence services and with the underworld of ex-Soviet oligarchs. Today, members of the former… Continue reading

17Aug 2017

  As previously reported by Open Source Investigations and various other international media outlets, the Kenyan election of 2017 was the perfect battleground for the deployment of new-media influence mechanisms on a national scale, via the use of data mining and data analysis processes, combined with strategic political communication. These efforts were employed by the… Continue reading

11Aug 2017

In June 2017, when they started their campaign against President Lungu using the FQM-ZCCM settlement as a pretext, Chishimba Kambwili and his allies needed mouthpieces. The conspirators provided their friends in opposition media not only with documents, but also with a list of people to interview. Two leaders of small opposition parties were on that… Continue reading

11Aug 2017

Eric Van de Weghe is a character that keeps popping-up in the so-called “Kazakhgate affair” in Belgium. He was first mentioned in the context of Patokh Chodiev’s naturalization – the head of the Belgian intelligence made clear that the documents incriminating Chodiev were forgeries created by Van de Weghe. He reappeared when Armand De Decker… Continue reading

07Aug 2017

As previously reported by the Open Source Investigation team, Venezuela is currently descending into complete chaos as more clashes are reported between the loyalist Chavistas and the opposition members that want incumbent President Nicolas Maduro out. After the 29th of March vote, in which the Supreme Court – under the control of Maduro – announced… Continue reading

02Aug 2017

The Patriotic Front has expelled Chishimba Kambwili, but Zambia’s ruling party is far from pacified. Kambwili was one of PF’s top leaders and he still has powerful allies within the party. Kambwili has never been a lone wolf. When he started his campaign against President Edgar Lungu, using the FQM-ZCCM settlement as a pretext, Kambwili… Continue reading

27Jul 2017

  We’re all familiar with the constant barrage of leaks that are released on a daily basis and that have so much potential power that they could topple governments, force important people to resign, drive businesses into bankruptcy and so on. Up until recently, most of the reveals were made by highly competent actors –… Continue reading

21Jul 2017

  As history has shown us, nobody really cares about the Middle East and the people that inhabit that area. It’s all about geopolitics and interests and you can usually see that if you follow the trail of money that the Western democracies leave behind after they intervene in „failed” countries, such as Libya. The… Continue reading