Australian special forces killings; Prince Andrew and a Luxembourg bank; Trump election pressure
This week's best document-based investigative journalism.
|Nov 22, 2020|
ABC and 4corners citing footage captured on helmet camera.
Four Corners has obtained video which shows a [special forces] operator shooting an unarmed Afghan man three times in the head and chest while he cowers on the ground.
Bloomberg citing emails and internal documents.
For years, Andrew acted as an unofficial door opener for David Rowland and his private bank in Luxembourg … according to a trove of emails, internal documents, and previously unreported regulatory filings.
The Tyee citing internal communications.
A 3,000-page batch of internal communications from the RCMP … provides a window into how the force builds its capabilities to spy on internet users and works to hide its methods from the public.
ProPublica citing an internal email.
Long before Republican senators began publicly denouncing how Georgia Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger handled the voting there, he withstood pressure from the campaign of Donald Trump to endorse the president for reelection.
The Intercept citing company documents, including WhatsApp chats, invoices and operational plans.
The weekend before Donald Trump was elected president in 2016, a secret private security initiative called “Operation Baratheon” was scheduled to begin. A PowerPoint presentation laid out the plan for Joel McCollough, a burly ex-Marine bearing a resemblance to “Game of Thrones” character King Robert Baratheon. He had been posing as an opponent of the Dakota Access pipeline at protests in Iowa but was now assigned to travel to North Dakota to collect intelligence on the growing anti-pipeline movement.
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