Essential links on WikiLeaks video of Iraq shooting



Whistleblower site WikiLeaks has released a leaked video taken from a US military helicopter in July 2007, showing US forces indiscriminately firing on Iraqi civilians, killing 12 people and wounding two children. The dead included two employees of the Reuters news agency. There are several edited versions of the video, which can be found in its entirety here. Cryptome offers a series of selected stills from the leaked WikiLeaks video, with some visual analysis of the footage. It is worth keeping in mind that the leaked video is of substantially lower quality than what the US helicopter pilots saw, because it was converted through several stages before it was released by WikiLeaks. The website’s co-founder, Julian Assange, and blogger Glenn Greenwald speak extensively on Democracy Now! about the leaked video, as well as about allegations that US government officials spied on Assange and other WikiLeaks workers and volunteers in Iceland and Norway. Greenwald is one of a handful of journalists taking  a serious interest in the WikiLeaksThe Guardian‘s Joseph Huff-Hannon. Meanwhile the US Pentagon says it can revelation, as is not make a complete verification of the incident “until the original tapes have been located”.

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4 Responses to Essential links on WikiLeaks video of Iraq shooting

  1. Ian says:

    I hope the full-resolution video is released at some point. There are a couple of people in the targeted group, at least one of whom appears to be carrying an AK-47 and the other might be holding a weapon, or possibly a camera tripod or something. Of course, this isn’t mentioned in the left-wing reportage of the incident…

  2. tw says: the full video one can easily see the rocket propelled grenade launcher in the guys hands. these rpgs are what take out humvees and choppers. All those in this vid seem to be combatants, for any citizen would high-tail-it out of there with a chopper circling above and guys on the ground who are hiding weapons under their long coats. NO this is not murder ~ it is a look at the justified horrors of war.

  3. jc says:

    If journalists wish to “embed” with insurgents, then don’t expect a good outcome when the new crew members begin their assault.

  4. Eddie says:

    I have talked to several military experts and it is not a chopper but a C-130 gunship circling them, hence the delay in the video from when the shots are heard to when they actually hit people/ground. Don’t bring politics into this.

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