“The Kissinger Cables”: Three Years After “Collateral Murder,” WikiLeaks Explores U.S. Diplomacy

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Published on Apr 8, 2013

http://www.democracynow.org – The whistleblowing website WikiLeaks has just published “the Kissinger cables,” 1.7 million U.S. diplomatic and intelligence documents from 1973 to 1976 that include many once-secret memos written by former Secretary of State Henry Kissinger. While the documents have been available to the public at the National Archives, WikiLeaks has created a searchable online database to allow anyone in the world to quickly search them. WikiLeaks founder and editor Julian Assange reportedly did most of the work creating the database from his refuge in Ecuador’s embassy in London. WikiLeaks spokesperson Kristinn Hrafnsson joins us to discuss the documents’ release. Hrafnsson also comments on the recent anniversary of the release of the “Collateral Murder” military video, which shows U.S. forces killing 12 people in the Iraqi suburb of New Baghdad — including two Reuters employees, Saeed Chmagh and Namir Noor-Eldeen. After the video’s release, Hrafnsson met with family members of the victims in Iraq.

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  1. Why do so many people allow themselves to believe they’re witnessing a crime while watching “Collateral Murder when, in fact, all of the men in that courtyard were complicit in an effort to attack and destroy an American Humvee. Including the van driver who used his children to conceal his involvement and Reuters employees who came to record the success of their effort.

    Those Apache helicopters were arriving, not circling, when the “Collateral Murder” video begins. Three soldiers in an American Humvee had called them in for air support when, while moving their vehicle three blocks north to establish another BP (Blocking Position), combatants attacked them from two positions (intersections) in a nearby courtyard. The Reuters employees walked by the first position [01:31] and used the second to photograph that Humvee. Those photographs also show a large dirt pile combatants used earlier as a third position to attack this same Humvee with AK47′ s and RPG’s.

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