This weekend Wikileaks released the Iraq War Logs – 40,000 “Significant Incident Reports” from the period of 2004-2009 that together tell the most detailed story of the war in Iraq during that time.
As was the case with the Afghan War Logs, a number of news media outlets received advanced access to the documents and extensive competing coverage can be found in the The Guardian, Al Jazeera, Der Spiegel, and last and least, The New York Times, which decided to lead with a hit piece on the personality of the founder of Wikileaks, rather than on what the war logs themselves reveal. CNN played the same game. (Not suprising, of course, from an institutions that were essential to enabling the war itself.)
Like Afghan War wikileak, there is so much to read, so video summaries can be useful: The Guardian has a short video on prevalence of “Frago 242″, which is a “fragmentary order” not to investigate torture, and some of the consequences thereof. Al Jazeera presents an hour long special here. And here is good highlight reel from U.K. Channel 4′s current affairs program, “Dispatches“:
The U.N.’s chief torture investigator thinks there is torture to investigate, and reminds Obama of his legal obligation to do so. Dig through the logs yourself here.
Based on info from the leaked Afghanistan war logs:
I think the end tag – “Stop all illegal wars” – is a bit fuzzy, conceptually speaking, but the animation is good, and is a great example of the kind of things that can be done with the massive amount of leaked info.
Also, it is interesting to compare the trajectory explicit in the video with what the BBC published today:
Julian Assange is a superhero genius who looks like a Batman villain, and this press conference is world historical:
Wikileaks released “The Afghan War Diaries” Today:
The Afghan War Diaries an extraordinary secret compendium of over 91,000 reports covering the war in Afghanistan from 2004 to 2010. The reports describe the majority of lethal military actions involving the United States military. They include the number of persons internally stated to be killed, wounded, or detained during each action, together with the precise geographical location of each event, and the military units involved and major weapon systems used.
The Afghan War Diaries is the most significant archive about the reality of war to have ever been released during the course of a war. The deaths of tens of thousands is normally only a statistic but this archive reveals locations and key events behind each of these individual deaths. We hope the impact will lead to a comprehensive understanding of the war in Afghanistan and modern warfare in general.
Three newspapers were given early access on the condition the they would not publish about them until today. Lots to read:
The Guardian (U.K.)
New York Times (U.S.):
“Ha Ha!” “Good Shooting!” “It is their own fault for bringing children into a battle.”
This is what “spreading democracy” looks like – slaughtering journalists and children from apache helicopters, and then slaughtering the people who come to help the wounded. And laughing about it!
All while following standard operating procedure.
More info here, or on wikileaks. MSM discussion here. Greenwald writes about the Pentagon’s opposition to wikileaks here and about this particular video here and here. Amy Goodman interviews the wikileaks co-founder here.