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Media from Asia, Africa and Europe followed up on this story, as well as the international affairs publication, Foreign Policy.
The ABC broadcast a report suggesting that the base was evidence of strengthening ties between the Australian and Indian navies. Indian and Pakistan media debated India’s increasing regional military posture. The Voice of America led with the denial from the Mauritius government that the report was true.
It triggered significant social media traffic and pro-Indian activists claimed the story was already known despite the parties involved stating otherwise.
The Island of Secrets used open-source intelligence (OSINT), including high-resolution satellite images, shipping logs and Indian state documents to confirm construction of the base.