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  • John Johnson
    Video: http://blip.tv/file/3443578 Overview 5th April 2010 10:44 EST WikiLeaks has released a classified US military video depicting the indiscriminate slaying
    Message 1 of 1 , Apr 5, 2010
      Video: http://blip.tv/file/3443578


      Overview

      5th April 2010 10:44 EST WikiLeaks has released a classified US
      military video depicting the indiscriminate slaying of over a dozen
      people in the Iraqi suburb of New Baghdad -- including two Reuters news staff.

      Reuters has been trying to obtain the video through the Freedom of
      Information Act, without success since the time of the attack. The
      video, shot from an Apache helicopter gun-site, clearly shows the
      unprovoked slaying of a wounded Reuters employee and his rescuers.
      Two young children involved in the rescue were also seriously wounded.

      The military did not reveal how the Reuters staff were killed, and
      stated that they did not know how the children were injured.

      After demands by Reuters, the incident was investigated and the U.S.
      military concluded that the actions of the soldiers were in
      accordance with the law of armed conflict and its own "Rules of Engagement".

      Consequently, WikiLeaks has released the classified Rules of
      Engagement for 2006, 2007 and 2008, revealing these rules before,
      during, and after the killings.

      WikiLeaks has released both the original 38 minutes video and a
      shorter version with an initial analysis. Subtitles have been added
      to both versions from the radio transmissions.

      WikiLeaks obtained this video as well as supporting documents from a
      number of military whistleblowers. WikiLeaks goes to great lengths to
      verify the authenticity of the information it receives. We have
      analyzed the information about this incident from a variety of source
      material. We have spoken to witnesses and journalists directly
      involved in the incident.

      WikiLeaks wants to ensure that all the leaked information it receives
      gets the attention it deserves. In this particular case, some of the
      people killed were journalists that were simply doing their jobs:
      putting their lives at risk in order to report on war. Iraq is a very
      dangerous place for journalists: from 2003- 2009, 139 journalists
      were killed while doing their work.

      http://collateralmurder.com/

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