Wikileaks will soon post biggest military leak ever
Focus turns to Iraq
Wikileaks is just weeks away from posting a huge cache of classified documents related to the US war in Iraq in what one journalist says will be history's biggest military leak.
Iain Overton, editor of the Bureau of Investigative Journalism, told Newsweek his non-profit organization is working with Wikileaks and several TV and print media outlets in advance of the release. It's not unlike the time Wikileaks published secret records concerning the war in Afghanistan, when it gave advanced copies to The New York Times, Der Spiegel and The Guardian on the condition they publish reports on an agreed-upon date.
The airing, Overton told Newsweek, will be the “biggest leak of military intelligence” ever.
Wikileaks' posting of some 77,000 documents drew criticism from the Pentagon and some human rights groups, which complained they endangered the lives of Afghan civilians who cooperated with the military. Overton said leaders of the latest project have “significantly learned from past experiences.” While his organization doesn't plan to post documents in their entirety, other media partners are “aware of the need to ensure that information is properly redacted.”
He also said the partners will be making financial contributions to help defray production costs
Newsweek has said the Iraq material “portrays US forces being involved in a 'bloodbath,' but some of the most disturbing material relates to the abusive treatment of detainees, not by Americans but by Iraqi security forces.”
The involvement of Wikileaks founder Julian Assange in the project remains unclear. He recently requested a new lawyer to defend him against rape and molestation charges in Sweden. ®
True Freedom of Information - Couldn't happen to a better source
The military rate almost every piece of paper, other than toilet paper, 'Secret", or above, which really detracts from the ratings worth.
Given the numerous illegal acts committed by U.S. Forces, including killing British and Canadian forces, as well as other coalition forces this information needs outing.
A previous leak showed the murder of Reuters reporters with a sound track that sounded more like game hunting talk rather than the pre-planned, deliberate murder of innocent civilians.
The Pentagon isn't entitled to any secrecy in a pathetic attempt to hide their crimes, crimes which violate civilian, military and war rules. These Wikileaks are justified as anyone who has viewed the helicopter video of the reporters murders would no doubt support.
You should care ...
... because one of the most oft-cited reasons we invaded Iraq is that Saddam Hussein was an oppressive dictator who abused his citizens. How often did we hear about his "rape rooms," etc.
So, we go in, overthrow the government, and basically make EVERYTHING much worse, including how Iraqi citizens are treated by the government/police that we installed. Epic fail.
You should care because your elected government has done this in your name. Maybe you didn't vote for the people directly responsible, but did you do everything you could to prevent it?
we need accountability
if they (USA, UK Government) have nothing to hide, they have nothing to fear.
if we are funding our governments, then any crimes need to be exposed and the criminals, to face 12 peers in a court of law. the law is the law, no one is exempt.
unfortunately our governments, bombs, bullets, torturers, kidnappers, war criminals, murders, rapists, terrorists all have the justification of god!
its only terrorism and war crimes when THEY do it, not us!
"political language is designed to make lies sound truthful and murder respectable, & to give the appearance of solidity to pure wind." George Orwell
protecting our troops is bringing them home from illegal empire occupations, not exposing war crimes!
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