I think the BBC thought it could do one better than the likes of Bellingcat, who are robustly independent but also very skilled researchers. Its a bit like a magazine or newspaper trying to outdo Which? when you know they have given a favourable review because they got a free toaster.I wonder how the BBC feel their 'verify' is going?
Such is the arrogance and naivety of the BBC, one gets the distinct impression they did not expect their 'verified' stories to be verified by others, with very different results.
I expect a quiet withdrawal of all things 'verify and verified' by the BBC in the coming weeks/months, done in such a way they hope no one will notice. But of course. we will.
Basically BBC Verify is the BBC marking it's own homework.