Modern espionage’s lesson for open-source investigations

Modern intelligence work - by NSA, British services, and others - increasingly relies on open-source intelligence (OSINT) investigations. Why is demand growing and what does it mean for modern espionage?

Secureworks records of Mia Ash’s profile images (montage)
Source: Secureworks
Image of Schulte, according to NYT reporting
The Billion Dollar Spy: A True Story of Cold War Espionage and Betrayal (on Amazon)
The CIA advertises job for open source collection officers, showing open-source intelligence grows in value as an asset to modern agency work (Also: ‘starting salary: $59,983 — $148,967’)
‘New sources of data’: A 2015 UK government report highlights the importance of open-source data (report here: page 54)
Open Source Intelligence Techniques by Michael Bazzell— 7th Edition, 2019 (Amazon)
New York Times reporting (Aug. 27, 2019)



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Investigative journalist with a technical edge, interested in open source investigations, satellite imgs, R, python, AI, data journalism and injustice