WikiLeaks' Collateral Murder: U.S. Soldier Ethan McCord's Eyewitness Story
OverviewUpdate: On July 6, 2010, Private Bradley Manning, a 22 year old intelligence analyst with the United States Army in Baghdad, was charged with disclosing this video (after allegedly speaking to an unfaithful journalist). The whistleblower behind the Pentagon Papers, Daniel Ellsberg, has called Mr. Manning a 'hero'. He is currently imprisoned in Kuwait. The Apache crew and those behind the cover up depicted in the video have yet to be charged. To assist Private Manning, please see bradleymanning.org.
5th April 2010 10:44 EST WikiLeaks has released a classified US military video depicting the indiscriminate slaying of over a dozen people in the Iraqi suburb of New Baghdad -- including two Reuters news staff.
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 whistle blowers. 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.
- Crawford, Boston University, "Civilian Death and Injury in Iraq, 2003-2011" [http://costsofwar.org/article/iraqi-civilians]
- Iraqi civilians: 126,000+
- Iraqi military killed at the outset of the war: ca. 10,000
- insurgents: ca. 19,000 killed (June 2003-Sept. 2007)
- Iraqi military and police: 10,100+ killed since June 2003
- US, allied soldiers and contractors: ca. 6,300
- Total: ca. 171,000
- ABC News [Australia], "162,000 people killed in Iraq war: NGO",
- January 03, 2012. citing Iraq Body Count