Wikileaks Collateral Murder Video April 11, 2010Posted by Joanne KY Teoh in Civic Media, Convergence, Journalism, News, Social Media, Web Video, YouTube.
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Wikileaks has obtained and decrypted this previously unreleased video footage from a US Apache helicopter in 2007. It shows a Reuters journalist and several others as the Apache shoots and kills them in a public square in Eastern Baghdad.
They are apparently assumed to be insurgents. After the initial shooting, an unarmed group of adults and children in a minivan arrives on the scene and attempts to transport the wounded. They are fired upon as well.
The official statement on this incident initially listed all adults as insurgents and said the US military did not know how the deaths occurred. So far there has been no official Pentagon response to the Wkileaks video..
Reuters has been trying to obtain the video through the Freedom of Information Act, without success since the time of the attack. Wikileaks released this 39-minute video with transcripts and supporting documents on April 5th 2010 on the site Collateral Murder.
The website’s organisers say they were given the footage, which they say comes from cameras on US Apache helicopters. They say they decrypted it, but would not reveal who gave it to them.
The Wikileaks site campaigns for freedom of information and allows people to anonymously post leaked documents on the Web, saying its aim is to promote transparency. It was created in 2006 by dissidents, journalists, mathematicians and technologists from the US, Taiwan, Europe, Australia and South Africa.
The website’s organisers complained recently of coming under surveillance by the US government, and of harassment by other governments, ostensibly for their role in posting leaked documents on sensitive subjects.