Disturbing Truth: Collateral Murder, Wikileaks’ Classified Iraq Video
2010 April 6
In case you missed it, there were a bunch of rumors last month that Wikileaks (a site that specializes in disseminating leaked, often classified documents) was being harrassed by the U.S. government related to a sensitive Pentagon video it was planning to release. That video is now out, and naturally it’s pretty disturbing.
The video, from 2007, reportedly shows a U.S. Army Apache helicopter firing on a group of men that included a Reuters photographer. Reuters has been asking for video of this incident for more than two years. Wikileaks is reporting that the man in the van who stopped to help the victims was an innocent bystander who was taking his children to school. He was apparently killed and both his children injured in the attack.
The shooting resulted in the death of Reuters photographer Namir Noor-Eldeen, and his driver, Saeed Chmagh, in addition to numerous other individuals at the scene. The incident has been documented extensively in the last year or so, but video has not been widely available until now.