WikiLeaks Preparing Release Of Garani Massacre Video, Ending Long Denial

June 16, 2010

(ChattahBox) – Julian Assange, the creator of the whistle blower site WikiLeaks, has confirmed that he has the video footage of the Garani air strike fro 2009, and that he is preparing to release it.

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.

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3 Responses to “WikiLeaks Preparing Release Of Garani Massacre Video, Ending Long Denial”

  1. Old Man Dotes on June 16th, 2010 12:52 pm

    So when will Wikileaks show the video of premeditated attacks on unarmed civilians by the armed gangsters who call themselves “jihadis” all over the world?

    Or is Assange only interested in crucifying military people who have made tragic mistakes, and disinterested in exposing the criminal activities of the terrorists?

    Don’t misunderstand: I support the prosecution of war criminals (such as G. W. Bush, D. Rumsfeld, and their cronies), but I also believe in utter annihilation of criminal gangs like Al Qaeda. They want to die for Allah, that’s fine with me. It’s the responsibility of ever world citizen to help them do that.

  2. olivia on June 16th, 2010 2:11 pm

    Dotes – Part of what should set us apart from the jihadists and the extremists is the willingness and necessity of fessing up to mistakes like this. We live in a world of open information, and the death of 140 innocent people in a blundered military strike isn’t something that can be hidden. What support can we hope for if we are happy to look the other way, and call it an attack on the military when we point out the mistake? Are human lives really that cheap? If so, we aren’t much better than the terrorists, frankly.

  3. Jim Hougan on June 16th, 2010 4:44 pm

    “The Pentagon and State Department both reacted angrily to the release, accusing Wikileaks of undermining support by posting the clip.”

    If Germany had had an Internet in 1942, and people like Manning and Assange, I’m sure the latter would have been criticized for lowering morale by showing clips of Auschwitz and Dachau.

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