Wednesday, April 07, 2010

Wikileaks releases video of Baghdad incident that it decrypted

Wikileaks has put on its website a 39-minute short film of video that it acquired and decrypted, showing the “friendly fire” killing of at least twelve civilians in “New Baghdad” near Baghdad itself. The video many still panes of explanation and subtitles, and is in black-and-white. The title is “Collateral Murder.” Right now there is a direct YouTube embed of the short 17-min version on the Wikileaks site (web url) here.


The long version is on “Collateral Murder” here  Two Reuters staff members were killed, and Reuters was not able to get the video through the Freedom of Information Act.

The film is shot from overhead in choppers, but the intensity reminds one of Kathryn Bigelow’s film “The Hurt Locker” from Summit Entertainment. I also recalled the movie "The Killing Fields."

Noam Cohen and Brian Stetler have a story in the New York Times, “Iraq Video Brings Notice to a Web Site” here.

Wikileaks was founded by Australian Julian Assange in 2006.

I found an embeddable version on open YouTube by AlJazeeraEnglish.



The original Wikileaks video will play on YouTube, but because of “sensitive content” you have to log on to your YouTube account.

Update: June 8, 2010.

Ellen Nakashima has a front page Washington Post story "Army intelligence analyst held in Wikileaks incident", link here. The online title for the article is "Online contact says he turned in analyst who wanted to leak information". Army Specialist Bradley Manning was detailed June 7 for disclosing classified information, after he had contacted Adrian Lamo, who turned him in. Nevertheless, the video still works and can be viewed by the public; the cat's out of the bag.  I hope bloggers don't get in trouble for displaying it (what the law is if an amateur jouralist stumbles on classified informationa and is not sworn to protect it as a government employee, contractor or armed forces member is a good question and brings up the journalist sield law question).

My picture here (below, from March 2010): from US Army Ordnance Museum at Aberdeen Proving Grounds, MD. There is an exhibit there of a robot that defuses ordnance with a microwave device associated with EMP (second picture).



Update: May 19, 2017

Chelsea Manning has been released from prison under President Obama's commutation. She remains in the Army and can get benefits for her transition. 

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