Good point. I should have introduced myself a little more properly.
(1, 2) I’m an American investigative journalist based out of Chennai, India. I contribute to WIRED, National Public Radio, the New York Times, National Geographic (Television), BBC, and a bunch of other organizations. You can find out about me on my website at http://www.scottcarneyonline.com
(3) I am doing this investigation on my own, but am very interested in collaborating with anyone who can help with the project. I have no doubt that if I get a match that this will be publishable in a major outlet.
(5) This is my job. I’m sure that the people on this board also work on difficult projects like this.
(6) I don’t think you will be jeoprdizing your contacts. All I"m looking for are the serial numbers. You can crop out faces if you want to. I’m not interested in them.
(7) I’m assuming that you have already taken the photos. We all hang out in conflict zones from time to time. I’m not asking you to do extra reporting, just to look through your archives.
(8) If you want me to keep your identity confidential I am happy to do that. I’ve been doing investigations for years and have never had trouble with the government trying to get my records)
(9) My contacts are researchers at well-known conflict research institutes with access to arms databases.
I hope this helps sum up who I am.