Wednesday, April 07, 2010


Wikileaks: leadership in investigative journalism

by Larry Geller

Behind the video story:

“Have encrypted videos of U.S. bomb strikes on civilians. We need super computer time,” stated the Web site, which calls itself “an intelligence agency of the people.”

Somehow — it will not say how — WikiLeaks found the necessary computer time to decrypt a graphic video, released Monday, of a United States Army assault in Baghdad in 2007 that left 12 people dead, including two employees of the news agency Reuters. [New York Times, Iraq Video Brings Notice to a Web Site, 4/6/2010]

Wikileaks has been desperately fundraising. I hope their work on this video encourages people to send them money. “Notice” is good, they’ve done that, now they need support.

On Tuesday, WikiLeaks claimed to have another encrypted video, said to show an American airstrike in Afghanistan that killed 97 civilians last year, and used the opportunity to ask for donations.

I wonder if there will be an air strike on Wikileaks before they can release that video.

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