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Biggest Military Leak in History: WikiLeaks Releases 390,000 Iraq War Documents

from Mashable! by Ben Parr


WikiLeaks has once again captured international headlines with the release of 391,832 secret Iraq War documents that reveal new information about detainee treatment, civilian deaths, and the involvement of Iran in backing Iraqi militias.

The Iraq War Logs, provided to at least a dozen media organizations including The Guardian, The New York Times, Del Spiegel, Al Jazeera, CNN and the BBC, offer an on-the-ground perspective into six years of the Iraq conflict. Some of the documents posted by NYT and others provide unprecedented detail into how the war conducted.

Pentagon tries to plug the Wikileak

from Mark Mardell | The Reporters by Mark Mardell (the Reporters)

The Pentagon is trying stay aloof from allegations US soldiers were ordered to turn a blind eye to torture and instead is concentrating on condemning the leak.

Here is their statement:”We deplore Wikileaks for inducing individuals to break the law, leak classified documents and then cavalierly share that secret information with the world, including our enemies.

Wikileaks releases nearly 400,000 new secret Iraq docs, with help from news orgs

from Boing Boing by Xeni Jardin


IMAGE: Each death noted in the Iraq war logs released today by Wikileaks is mapped with Google Maps, by the Guardian.

Here It Comes! Next Wikileaks Release, More on the Human Terrain System

from OPEN ANTHROPOLOGY by Maximilian Forte

Tomorrow will bring the much anticipated release of hundreds of thousands of U.S. military documents from the Iraq war. We can expect them to contain information about the Human Terrain System, and I will be combing through the documents as before, plus checking every single name of persons listed in a database I kept of known members of Human Terrain Teams that served in Iraq. All of the results will be published on this site, and PDFs of the complete set of documents will also be made available here.

Amnesty International USA

Wikileaks hacked by “very skilled hackers” ahead of Iraq War Logs release

from Boing Boing by Xeni Jardin

Forbes reports that Wikileaks suffered its first major security breach in history on Wednesday, just days before today’s release of the Iraq War Logs.

Generator!

from Boing Boing by Rob Beschizza
Reading the NYT’s stories about the Iraq War logs, I was struck by how it could get through such gruesome descriptions ? fingers chopped off, chemicals splashed on prisoners ? without using the word ‘torture.’

Secret Iraq war files offer grim new details

from Wash Post Europe by Greg Miller and Peter Finn
A massive cache of secret U.S. field reports from the Iraq war provides grim new details about the toll of that conflict, indicating that more than 100,000 Iraqis were killed during a six-year stretch and that American forces often failed to intervene as the U.S.-backed government brutalized deta…

Wikileaks Releases Iraq War Logs

from Wikinews

And There It Goes! Nothing to Report

from OPEN ANTHROPOLOGY by Maximilian Forte

Having spent a few hours now with both the raw files, and Wikileak?s Iraq War Diary Dig, I am coming up with nothing at all that involves any mention of the Human Terrain System, Human Terrain Teams, anthropologists, social scientists, scholars, academics, researchers, or any documents with any names of any HTS employees who were deployed to Iraq. And there may be a good reason for that: this time Wikileaks has gone to other extreme, in over redacting documents to the point that they are virtually useless for anyone not interested in cryptic items where you have to guess at what might have occupied any of the many blank spaces left from the excessive deletion of all sorts of information.

Three Dots on WikiLeak’s Iraq Map

from The Istanbulian by Emre Kızılkaya

What is Missing in Wikileaks? Iraq War Logs

from OPEN ANTHROPOLOGY by Maximilian Forte

After my enthusiastic post, ?Here it Comes!?, followed by the deflated and negative, ?And There it Goes,? I do not want to add more negative critical commentary beyond this post. This latest Wikileaks release has generated, once again, a tremendous anti-war momentum and wave of criticisms of U.S. actions in its ?global war on terror? (not just limited to Bush, but extending to his foreign policy successor, Obama, who has retained and even amplified some of the most pernicious features of that war), and that remains the most important aspect of this document release. Thus, after this post, I will dedicate myself to simply reblogging items from the copyright-free Bureau of Investigative Journalism, probably for the whole of the coming week. (Whether people read them or comment on them here does not matter as much as enhancing the overall visibility of the reports and  thus serving as a message force amplifier.)

Wikileaks: ‘War logs immensely important’

from BBC News | Europe | World Edition
The founder of whistleblowing website Wikileaks, Julian Assange, tells the BBC why the organisation published thousands of leaked US documents about the Iraq war.

Wikileaks’ Iraq War Logs: a week on

from Editors Weblog – all postings by Emma Heald
A week ago the notorious whistleblower website Wikileaks released the largest classified military leak in history: The Iraq War Logs, consisting of 391,832 US military field reports from 2004 to 2009. The reports, which were given to a range of media organisations as well as some being published on Wikileaks’ site, detail 109,032 deaths in Iraq, compared to Wikileaks’ previous release of the Afghan War Diaries, which detailed about 20,000 deaths.

WikiLeaks data raises questions of Obama policies

from Hurriyet Dailynews

Despite the US President Barack Obama?s pledge to end George W. Bush’s gloves-off approach to interrogations and detention, the unclassified documents released by WikiLeaks show that US forces turn detainees over to Iraqi forces even after signs of abuse. The Pentagon has condemned WikiLeaks for publishing the documents

Wikileaks? Iraq War Logs: U.S. Apache Guns Down Surrendering Insurgents

from OPEN ANTHROPOLOGY by Maximilian Forte

Wikileaks? Iraq War Logs: Hundreds of Civilians Gunned Down at Checkpoints

from OPEN ANTHROPOLOGY by Maximilian Forte

Wikileaks? Iraq War Logs: One Day in Iraq: 128 Dead, Including Three Women and One Child

from OPEN ANTHROPOLOGY by Maximilian Forte

Wikileaks? Iraq War Logs: The War in Numbers

from OPEN ANTHROPOLOGY by Maximilian Forte

Republished from the Bureau of Investigative Journalism

October 22nd, 2010  |  by James Ball

The details in the Iraq War Logs are shocking, but the numbers are revelatory. Below are ten of the most powerful numbers harvested from the leaked documents:

Wikileaks? Iraq War Logs: Pentagon Response to Publication of Logs

from OPEN ANTHROPOLOGY by Maximilian Forte

Republished from the Bureau of Investigative Journalism

October 22nd, 2010  |  by admin

The Bureau of Investigative Journalism sent two letters ? which listed a number of significant allegations regarding U.S. forces and U.S. defence policy ? to the Department of Defense Press Office at the Pentagon, so as to provide an opportunity to respond in the interest of fairness.

Wikileaks? Iraq War Logs: U.S. Troops Hand Over Detainees to Interrogation Squad

from OPEN ANTHROPOLOGY by Maximilian Forte

Republished from the Bureau of Investigative Journalism

October 27th, 2010  |  by Yuba Bessaoud

A series of reports contained in the leaked U.S. logs reveal that troops handed over detainees to a feared Iraqi police interrogation squad, despite knowing the torturous methods they employed.

A number of files make reference to U.S. interactions with the Wolf Brigade, a Ministry of Interior battalion known for savage practices and a distinct uniform of red berets, sunglasses and balaclavas.

Wikileaks? Iraq War Logs: UN High Commissioner Calls for Investigation Into War Logs Allegations

from OPEN ANTHROPOLOGY by Maximilian Forte

Wikileaks? Iraq War Logs: The U.S. Government?s Crisis of Legitimacy

from OPEN ANTHROPOLOGY by Maximilian Forte

Further to the Pentagon?s response to the Wikileaks Iraq War logs, Admiral Mike Mullen, Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, and senior military adviser to President Obama, apparently had no qualms about posting the following in Twitter?posted without remorse, apology, or disgrace over the release of documentation (from his own troops) of multiple U.S. war crimes:

Wikileaks? Iraq War Logs: On War News Radio

from OPEN ANTHROPOLOGY by Maximilian Forte

Yesterday, War News Radio presented its radio report, Leaked, about the difficulties of media reporting on the Iraq War Logs, and then speaking with media critics about Wikileaks. The report was produced by Sam Hirshman and Anjali Cadambi have the story. It is an effective summary, about six minutes in length, that you can hear/download from their site, or play below. I was interviewed by Sam Hirshman last week, and I was honoured to be in the good company of Danny Schechter and Nir Rosen.

NYT v. the world: WikiLeaks coverage

(updated below – Update II – Update III)

To supplement my post yesterday about The New York Times‘ government-subservient coverage of the WikiLeaked documents regarding the war that newspaper played such a vital role in enabling, consider — beyond the NYT‘s sleazy, sideshow-smears against Julian Assange — the vast disparity between how newspapers around the world and The New York Times reported on a key revelation from these documents:  namely, that the U.S. systematically and pursuant to official policy ignored widespread detainee abuse and torture by Iraqi police and military (up to and including murders).  In fact, American conduct goes beyond mere indifference into active complicity, as The Guardian today reports that “fresh evidence that US soldiers handed over detainees to a notorious Iraqi torture squad has emerged in army logs published by WikiLeaks.”

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