Who Trolled Amber? | Tortoise Investigates

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  • 3 minutes 12 seconds
    Introducing...The Gas Man

    Introducing...The Gas Man


    It starts with a tip-off. 


    It’s the late 1980s and US Special Agent Dennis Bass is warned about a shipment of suspicious chemicals headed to a secret destination. So he follows the lead – and ends up stumbling into a global plot helping fuel a war. The main suspect? The Gas Man. 


    In the decades since, Special Agent Bass has been locked in an international game of cat and mouse with the man who supplied a dangerous regime with the chemicals to make weapons. Every time Bass thinks he’s got his hands on him… The Gas Man somehow manages to slip the net. And he’s still on the run today.


    But after more than 30 years, could his past finally be catching up with The Gas Man?



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    Reporter: Chloe Hadjimatheou 

    Producer: Claudia Williams

    Editor: Jasper Corbett

    Narrative editor: Gary Marshall

    Sound design: Hannah Varrall

    Original theme music: Tom Kinsella

    Original artwork: Jon Hill


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    21 May 2024, 9:26 am
  • 1 minute 3 seconds
    Who Trolled Amber: Live

    "Misinformation, disinformation, and trolling campaigns are not just a celebrity story. They are everywhere. They affect how we see reality online."


    In a year when four billion people are heading to the polls, and with the World Economic Forum warning that online misinformation is the most severe risk the world faces, Who Trolled Amber? shines a light on the shady industry of social media manipulation. It reveals how bots and trolls can sway opinions from celebrity trials to general elections.


    On May 16th Alexi Mostrous will be joined by Jen Robinson, Amber Heard’s lawyer, and Gina Neff, Executive Director of the Minderoo Centre for Technology and Democracy at the University of Cambridge in the Tortoise newsroom to discuss Who Trolled Amber? and give their insights into the world of online disinformation and its effect on all of our everyday lives. 


    You can book your place here, to attend in person or online.


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    20 May 2024, 5:01 pm
  • 39 minutes 19 seconds
    Who Trolled Amber: Episode 6 - Public enemy

    Johnny Depp’s maverick lawyer Adam Waldman finally comes under scrutiny. Alexi uncovers Waldman’s links to powerful figures and investigates his role in feeding online abuse. Can the team get to the truth about who trolled Amber?


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    Reporter and host: Alexi Mostrous


    Producer and reporter: Xavier Greenwood


    Editor: David Taylor


    Narrative editor: Gary Marshall


    Additional reporting: Katie Riley 


    Sound design: Karla Patella 


    Artwork: Jon Hill & Oscar Ingham


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    26 March 2024, 5:00 am
  • 25 minutes 1 second
    Who Trolled Amber: Episode 5 - The special relationship

    Could a nation state have deployed an online army to fight for Johnny Depp? Alexi discovers the curious relationship between the Hollywood star and an authoritarian world leader.


    All six episodes of Who Trolled Amber are now available to binge-listen.


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    Reporter and host: Alexi Mostrous


    Producer and reporter: Xavier Greenwood


    Editor: David Taylor


    Narrative editor: Gary Marshall


    Additional reporting: Katie Riley 


    Sound design: Karla Patella 


    Artwork: Jon Hill & Oscar Ingham


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    19 March 2024, 5:00 am
  • 32 minutes 6 seconds
    Who Trolled Amber: Episode 4 - Through the looking glass

    The astonishing case of a teenage killer helps lift the lid on how bot campaigns work – and offers the team a new path forward in the investigation.


    All six episodes of Who Trolled Amber are now available to binge-listen.


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    Reporter and host: Alexi Mostrous


    Producer and reporter: Xavier Greenwood


    Editor: David Taylor


    Narrative editor: Gary Marshall


    Additional reporting: Katie Riley 


    Sound design: Karla Patella 


    Artwork: Jon Hill & Oscar Ingham


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    12 March 2024, 5:00 am
  • 36 minutes 6 seconds
    Who Trolled Amber: Episode 3 - Into the dark

    Disinformation experts come back with some startling results. The story begins to cross continents as the team find evidence of a global campaign.


    All six episodes of Who Trolled Amber are now available to binge-listen.


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    Reporter and host: Alexi Mostrous


    Producer and reporter: Xavier Greenwood


    Editor: David Taylor


    Narrative editor: Gary Marshall


    Additional reporting: Katie Riley 


    Sound design: Karla Patella 


    Artwork: Jon Hill & Oscar Ingham


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    5 March 2024, 5:00 am
  • 31 minutes 25 seconds
    Who Trolled Amber: Episode 2 - Gold dust

     The team talk to a Hollywood insider and travel to Florida in search of their first big clue: a treasure trove of data that might show what happened to Amber Heard online – and who was behind it.


    All six episodes of Who Trolled Amber are now available to binge-listen.


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    Reporter and host: Alexi Mostrous


    Producer and reporter: Xavier Greenwood


    Editor: David Taylor


    Narrative editor: Gary Marshall


    Additional reporting: Katie Riley 


    Sound design: Karla Patella 


    Artwork: Jon Hill & Oscar Ingham


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    27 February 2024, 5:00 am
  • 36 minutes 49 seconds
    Who Trolled Amber: Episode 1 - Missing evidence

    Depp v Heard was the celebrity trial of the century. He won, she lost. But was Amber Heard the target of an organised trolling campaign?


    All six episodes of Who Trolled Amber are now available to binge-listen.


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    Reporter and host: Alexi Mostrous


    Producer and reporter: Xavier Greenwood


    Editor: David Taylor


    Narrative editor: Gary Marshall


    Additional reporting: Katie Riley 


    Sound design: Karla Patella 


    Artwork: Jon Hill & Oscar Ingham


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    27 February 2024, 5:00 am
  • 2 minutes 58 seconds
    Introducing: Who Trolled Amber?

    Introducing… Who Trolled Amber?


    What comes to mind when you think of Amber Heard? Liar? Survivor? Narcissist? Millions of us watched the celebrity trial of the century, Depp v Heard, in 2022. Amber Heard lost and Johnny Depp was vindicated. But what if Amber was actually the victim of an organised trolling campaign? What if the online hate against her was manufactured?


    Alexi Mostrous, the reporter who brought you Sweet Bobby and Hoaxed, investigates what happened to Amber and who might have been responsible. It’s a story about how our own thoughts and opinions can be moulded without us even realising.


    All six episodes of Who Trolled Amber are now available to binge-listen.


    To find out more about Tortoise:


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    Reporter and host: Alexi Mostrous

    Producer and reporter: Xavier Greenwood

    Editor: David Taylor

    Narrative editor: Gary Marshall

    Additional reporting: Katie Riley 

    Sound design: Karla Patella 

    Artwork: Jon Hill & Oscar Ingham


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    20 February 2024, 6:00 am
  • 36 minutes 40 seconds
    Walter's War: Episode 4 - The confidence game

    Things begin to fall apart. Only a few years after Rebellion Defense’s rapid rise, it appears to be in trouble. The rebellion has failed to take off. 


    In the secretive world of the military and big tech, Basia is met with a wall of silence as she tries to see inside the company… until a few former staffers agree to speak to her, revealing what happened behind closed doors. 


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    30 November 2023, 6:00 am
  • 37 minutes 41 seconds
    Walter's War: Episode 3 - The rebellion

    Oliver’s company, Rebellion Defense, is on the rise. In 2019, it is full of promise and pumped with cash, trading on the hype around what’s possible with AI in war. It attracts influential backers and goes after big government contracts. And it becomes even harder to sort fact from fiction – where is the scrutiny, and who is checking that any of this stuff is… real? 


    As Basia delves deeper into the world of artificial intelligence, she hears from another former girlfriend of Oliver’s who knows about the ‘tissue of lies’ – and why it matters now. 


    All four episodes are available to Tortoise members on the free Tortoise audio app, and subscribers to Tortoise+ on Apple Podcasts.


    You can find out more about Tortoise:

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    28 November 2023, 6:00 am
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