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WikiLeaker: Docs Prove US ‘War Crimes’

From a breathless Associated Press:

WikiLeaks says evidence of war crimes in documents

July 26, 2010

LONDON (AP) — WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange says there appears to be evidence of war crimes in the thousands of pages of leaked U.S. military documents on the war in Afghanistan

Assange told reporters Monday "it is up to a court to decide really if something in the end is a crime. That said … there does appear to be evidence of war crimes."

Assange says the release of U.S. military documents relating to the war in Afghanistan is like opening the files of East Germany’s secret Stasi police. He says there appears to be evidence of war crimes in the leaked documents.

We take it that Mr. Assange thinks there is “evidence of war crimes.”

The online whistle-blower WikiLeaks on Sunday posted some 91,000 leaked U.S. military records of six years of the war, including unreported incidents of Afghan civilian killings and covert operations against Taliban figures.

Neither of which is a war crime, per se.

He said what’s been reported so far has "only scratched the surface."

Are we supposed to be surprised at this ‘breaking news’? What did anyone think this propaganda effort was about? That is, besides helping the terrorists as much as possible.

Still, does this mean that Mr. Obama has to give back his Nobel Peace Prize? We demand show trials at the United Nations.

And speaking of which, where is the spontaneous outrage from the paid professionals at Code Pink and International ANSWER ‘grassroots’ demonstrators?


Here is an update from a clearly disappointed Associated Press:

WikiLeaks: More US documents coming on Afghan war

July 26, 2010

LONDON (AP) — The release of some 91,000 secret U.S. military documents on the Afghanistan war is just the beginning, WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange promised Monday, adding that he still has thousands more Afghan files to post online…

The documents cover some known aspects of the troubled nine-year conflict: U.S. special operations forces have targeted militants without trial, Afghans have been killed by accident, [A]nd U.S. officials have been infuriated by alleged Pakistani intelligence cooperation with the very insurgent groups bent on killing Americans. Still, they also included unreported incidents of Afghan civilian killings and covert operations against Taliban figuresWhite House national security adviser Gen. Jim Jones said the release of the documents "put the lives of Americans and our partners at risk." In a statement, he took pains to point out that the documents describe a period from January 2004 to December 2009, mostly during the administration of President George W. Bush. Jones noted that time period was before President Obama announced a new strategy… The U.S. and Pakistan assigned teams of analysts to read the records online to assess whether sources or locations were at risk. Pakistan’s powerful spy agency, Inter-Services Intelligence, said Monday that the accusations it had close connections to Taliban militants were malicious and unsubstantiated

Perhaps they will take matters into their own hands. One can only hope.

The [New York] Times says the "raw intelligence assessments" by lower level military officers suggest that Pakistan "allows representatives of its spy service to meet directly with the Taliban in secret strategy sessions to organize networks of militant groups that fight against American soldiers in Afghanistan, and even hatch plots to assassinate Afghan leaders."

The Guardian, however, interpreted the documents differently, saying they "fail to provide a convincing smoking gun" for complicity between the Pakistan intelligence services and the Taliban

How sloppy. These two anti-American disinformation centers need to pick a story and stick to it.

The leaked records include detailed descriptions of raids carried out by a secretive U.S. special operations unit called Task Force 373 against what U.S. officials considered high-value insurgent and terrorist targets. Some of the raids resulted in unintended killings of Afghan civilians, according to the documentation

Once again, a phenomenal previously unrecorded in the annals of history.

Assange on Monday compared the impact of the released material to the opening of the East German secret police archives. "This is the equivalent of opening the Stasi archives," he said.

An organization we suspect Mr. Assange would have been only to happy to support, as long as they opposed the evil United States.

He also said his group had many more documents on other subjects, including files on countries from across the globe.

"We have built up an enormous backlog of whistleblower disclosures," he said.

In other words, they have diddlysquat.

Assange said that he believed more material would flood amid the blaze of publicity.

"It is our experience that courage is contagious," he said. "Sources are encouraged by the opportunities that they see before them."

In other words, Mr. Assange is begging for some real dirt. ‘You whistleblowers and traitors, please send us something quick!’

For the record, here is a little more info on the ‘early years’ of the heroic Mr. Assange, via Wikipedia:

Julian Assange

… Assange was born in Townsville, Queensland in 1971. Assange has said that his parents ran a touring theatre company, and that he was enrolled in 37 schools and six universities in Australia over the course of his early life. During his childhood years, he lived on the run with mother and half-brother. They were avoiding his half-brother’s father who was believed to belong to a cult led by Anne Hamilton-Byrne.

An article in The New Yorker has written that Assange was married to his girlfriend in an unofficial ceremony at the age of 18 and had a son. The article says she left him while he was being investigated by the Australian Federal Police for hacking, and took their son.

Assange helped to write the 1997 book Underground: Tales of Hacking, Madness and Obsession on the Electronic Frontier which credits him as researcher. It draws from his teenage experiences as a member of a hacker group named "International Subversives", which involved a 1991 raid of his Melbourne home by the Australian Federal Police…

Assange was reported to have accessed various computers (belonging to an Australian university, a telecommunications company, and other organizations) via modem to test their security flaws; he later pleaded guilty to 24 charges of hacking and was released on bond for good conduct after being fined AU$2100 [$1,885].

According to the Personal Democracy Forum, Assange founded a civil rights group for children called "Pickup"…

What a meteoric career!

From ‘hacker punk’ to ‘war crimes judge,’ all in the span of a few short years.

This article was posted by Steve on Monday, July 26th, 2010. Comments are currently closed.

6 Responses to “WikiLeaker: Docs Prove US ‘War Crimes’”

  1. Chinnubie says:

    No big surpprise about the so-called reporter. I wonder if we are going to see the outraged “peaceniks” come out of the woodwork?? Anyway the bottom-line on all this info points out how we are foolishly running this fiasco in Afghanistan. The Soviet-Union was inches away from owning that country until we started giving weopons to the Afghans, my point is we aren’t using our military the way it was meant to be used when you decide to invade another country. We need to Kick-Ass, Take Names and once control has been arrested from the Afghans then start the process of rebuilding the place. I realize it wouldn’t look good in the press but, screw that, aren’t we essentially trying to destroy an enemy that would kill every one of us if they had the chance. Another issue with all of this arises out of religion and these people (Muslims) are told in their holy book (Koran) to kill all non-believers. This is not a religion of Peace like the MSM keeps insisting.

  2. Gladius et Scutum says:

    Another “leak” website has taken to posting demands from Wikileaks members for an audit of their donations/expenses. When Wikileaks released the video of the “murder” of two Reuters journalists in April, it claimed that it had decrypted the video, and started a campign to raise $5 million “for computer time” to decrypt more. The claim of decryption was suspect from the start. Crypto types wondered why they would put in the time on something that might be one of America’s Funniest Home Videos, unless it came from an inside source. If it came from an inside source, why didn’t the source send the key?

    It turned out (with the arrest of PFC Bradley Manning) that the video was sent “plain text”. Assange lowered his goal to $600k “to maintain the website”. You can read about the audit demands at a site called c r yp to m e dot org, but I won’t link it here.

  3. Right of the People says:

    I say you just have to look at the source of all this, The NY Slimes and this punk Assange to see what is really is, a lot of hoopla about nothing. Its fitting that this beginning of this clown’s name describes what he is.

    Civilians get killed in wars. And the crap about targeting the Taliban, who do these cretins think we’re supposed to be targeting? Even though this is much to do about nothing, we still need to find out who leaked this and make sure he or she spends a good long time in Leavenworth, this is after all treason.

  4. Illusions says:

    Not sure if covered already, but a bit more on PFC Bradley Manning.

    He has re-emerged in the spotlight following his decision last month to tell federal agents he had reason to believe an Army private in Iraq was leaking classified information. He said the information was going to WikiLeaks.org, a website based in Sweden that publishes information about governments and corporations submitted by anonymous individuals.

    The soldier, Pfc. Bradley Manning, a 22-year-old intelligence analyst who was stationed near Baghdad, is reportedly being held by the Army in Kuwait while the case is investigated.

    Lamo said Manning contacted him online after reading a profile of him on wired.com, which first reported Manning’s arrest and Lamo’s involvement last Sunday. Manning, he said, bragged about leaking classified military information to WikiLeaks, including the so-called “Collateral Murder” video of a U.S. helicopter attack in Baghdad that killed several civilians in 2007. That video appeared on WikiLeaks in April.

    Lamo said Manning also claimed to have leaked other materials to the website, including 260,000 U.S. classified diplomatic cables.

    Read more:

    You can read some of the charges facing him on this PDF;

  5. David says:

    Too bad it isn’t a crime to release this information in wartime. Because this administration has a stelar record when it comes to enforcing laws.

  6. jimreport says:

    Yes, the only crime proven here is the crime of espionage. Now, arrest this freak.

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