A Flashback To Wikileaks’ Collateral Murder Video (A Short Documentary)

Screenshot of “Collateral Murder” published by Wikileaks in 2010

In Brief

  • The Facts:
    • April 5, 2020 marked the 10th anniversary of WikiLeaks' publication of Collateral Murder video.

    • The video shows two Apache helicopters killing 11 Iraqi people including two Reuters journalists.

  • Reflect On:
    • How far have we sunk if telling the truth becomes a crime?

    • Does it make sense to prosecute people who expose war crimes of powerful people and countries?

    • Are powerful people untouchable? With no one to hold them accountable?

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The High Court in the United Kingdom has reversed its decision to not allow the extradition of Wikileaks founder Julian Assange to the United States. Now it’s a strong possibility, and if it happens he will face trial and up to 175 years in prison.

In light of this, I thought I would re-share WikiLeaks’ Collateral Murder video which shows two US Apache helicopters killing 11 Iraqi people, including two Reuters journalists. One of many war crimes committed by the United States; one that was covered up until WikiLeaks brought it forward.

After the video was released, one of the soldiers involved in the incident, Ethan McCord, said the following:

“If you feel threatened in any way, you’re able to engage that person. Many soldiers felt threatened just by the fact that you were looking at them, so they fired their weapons on anybody that was looking at them because they (I) felt threatened. We were told if we were to fire on anybody, and if it were to be investigated, that ‘officers will take care of you.’ ”

“We were told by our battalion commander to kill every m***** f****** on the street.  Many soldiers would not do that, we decided we were going to shoot into the rooftops of buildings because, if you didn’t fire, the NCOs in your platoon would make your life hell.”

“This happens on a daily basis, destroying vans full of children, the destruction of the Iraqi people happens on a daily basis.”

Thanks to heroes like Julian Assange and many others, people have updated their perception of war, the US, and how the world works as they gain more information. This is what transparency does, it gives people the chance to first become aware of what’s going on so action can be taken to change things. Transparency is one of the biggest threats to the power and control of various governments around the world,, which is why our world is drenched in secrecy.

It’s noteworthy to mention here that Daniel Hale, a former U.S. intelligence analyst, was recently arrested and sentenced to 45 months in prison for leaking documents about the secretive U.S. drone program, showing 90% of people killed in Afghanistan were innocent bystanders.

Below is a short documentary that was released in April 2020 by WikiLeaks to celebrate the 10 year anniversary of the release of Collateral Murder video.

More on Assange’s Trial

As mentioned above, The High Court in the United Kingdom has reversed its decision to not allow the extradition of Wikileaks founder Julian Assange to the United States where he is wanted for publishing classified documents. He is now, once again, facing extradition to a country that tried to assassinate him.

Assange did nothing but expose various illegal actions taken by the US government and major corporations, like war crimes for example, among many others.

Assange’s partner Stella Morris explains,

“If Julian is extradited he will be put on trial in Alexandria, Virginia, where he stands no chance of a fair trial. It is where US intelligence agencies are headquartered. The court complex is 15 miles from CIA headquarters. The state is populated by employees of the very sector whose abuses and crimes Julian exposed. The Espionage Act prevents Julian from arguing why he published what he published, what he exposed, and the fact it didn’t result in any physical harm.”

What does it say about our world when we prosecute those who expose war crimes?

He’s being charged under the Espionage Act which was originally intended for use against spies. But it is now being used against journalists and whistleblowers in recent decades. These new charges against Assange threaten to criminalize reporting in the United States and around the world. If we continue down the path we are on, any evidence, opinion or dissent towards government, big corporations and their actions may be labelled as criminal.

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