[FoRK] the wikileaks video

Michael Cummins michael at i-magery.com
Thu Apr 8 14:10:03 PDT 2010

They also didn't tell the whole story, or in some cases even the truth;
condemnation of their agitprop even seems to have "bipartian support".



Bob Owens questions the timing:


"The organization happens to be attempting to raise funds now. Claiming the
need for an operating budget of $600,000, the group states they have only
been able to raise $370,000. The implication seems both sad and obvious.
Desperate for both attention and funding, WikiLeaks carefully constructed a
propaganda video designed to raise their profile and increase donations.

They carefully framed the video footage with nearly three minutes of
exposition, instead of merely allowing the video to stand on its own,
relaying the actual context of this incident as it occurred during a larger
battle to diminish the power of militants and restore order during the
surge. (Which effectively ended militia control and greatly reduced
sectarian violence in this area.) For reasons known only to WikiLeaks, they
refuse in the shorter video to show or even mention the third engagement of
the helicopter crew that morning, just blocks away, where a larger group of
insurgents was destroyed with missiles.

WikiLeaks whitewashed the presence of weapons clearly shown by gun camera
footage and ignored the confirmation in military investigations of the
incident that the militant's weapons displayed in the footage were recovered
at the scene. WikiLeaks attempted to create obtuse new standards and rules
of engagement, implying that "relaxed" terrorists should not be fired upon.
They carefully omit the rules of engagement and refuse to note that
evacuating combatants are still enemy targets and recognized as such by
almost every military in the world.

The WikiLeaks video and "Collateral Murder" website seem calibrated for the
express purpose of accusing soldiers of murder for the purposes of


-----Original Message-----
From: fork-bounces at xent.com [mailto:fork-bounces at xent.com] On Behalf Of
Damien Morton
Sent: Thursday, April 08, 2010 4:19 PM
To: Friends of Rohit Khare
Subject: Re: [FoRK] the wikileaks video

Wow - these guys really had bad timing. They should have coordinated their
leak to avoid the weeklong techno-ejaculation surrounding the iPad release.

On Tue, Apr 6, 2010 at 4:43 AM, Damien Morton <dmorton at bitfurnace.com>wrote:

> http://www.collateralmurder.com/
> 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.
> Reuters has been trying to obtain the video through the Freedom of
> Information Act, without success since the time of the attack. 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.
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