Some information round-up released by Wikileaks this morning. Reporting with at-desk James Galloway over at Elf Wax Times.
- Video and resources now viewable at http://collateralmurder.com/
- Download, various formats: http://collateralmurder.com/en/download.html
- English transcript: http://collateralmurder.com/en/transcript.html
- Rules of Engagement and other resources etc.
- Wikileaks short description: “The video, shot from an Apache
helicopter gun-site, clearly shows the unprovoked slaying of a wounded
Reuters employee and his rescuers. Two young children involved in the
rescue were also seriously wounded.”
- NYTimes article on original Baghdad attack in July 12, 2007
- Reuters articles on the request for investigation
From 2007: http://www.reuters.com/article/idUSL0539996520080711
From 2008: http://www.reuters.com/article/idUSL05399965
- Wikileaks description:
The military did not reveal how the Reuters staff were killed, and
stated that they did not know how the children were injured.
After demands by Reuters, the incident was investigated and the U.S.
military concluded that the actions of the soldiers were in accordance
with the law of armed conflict and its own “Rules of Engagement”.
Consequently, WikiLeaks has released the classified Rules of
Engagement for 2006, 2007 and 2008, revealing these rules before,
during, and after the killings.
WikiLeaks has released both the original 38 minutes video and a
shorter version with an initial analysis. Subtitles have been added to
both versions from the radio transmissions.
WikiLeaks obtained this video as well as supporting documents from a
number of military whistleblowers. WikiLeaks goes to great lengths to
verify the authenticity of the information it receives. We have
analyzed the information about this incident from a variety of source
material. We have spoken to witnesses and journalists directly
involved in the incident.
WikiLeaks wants to ensure that all the leaked information it receives
gets the attention it deserves. In this particular case, some of the
people killed were journalists that were simply doing their jobs:
putting their lives at risk in order to report on war. Iraq is a very
dangerous place for journalists: from 2003- 2009, 139 journalists were
killed while doing their work.