WikiLeaks Preparing Release Of Garani Massacre Video, Ending Long Denial
June 16, 2010
The classified video shows an airstrike in the Afghanistan village of Garani, which became the bloodiest and deadliest attack on civilians in the casualty-heavy war.
This follows the release of a video of the 2007 helicopter attack in Baghdad, which killed several dozen unarmed civilians, and showed the dehumanization of Iraqi citizens by U.S. soldiers.
The Pentagon and State Department both reacted angrily to the release, accusing Wikileaks of undermining support by posting the clip.
They have expressed the same concern for the much larger reveal of the Garani massacre, which is believed to have led to the deaths of up to 140 people.
Assange is also standing behind Army intelligence specialist Bradley Manning, who has been detained in Kuwait without trial after handing over the Garani video. He is also believed to have given WikiLeaks the Baghdad video, and up to 260,000 classified cables.
Assange denies having the documents.
Officials are currently searching for the Australian-born website creator, who is in hiding under threat of detainment by various American agencies.