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Whistle-blower Wikileaks releases 400,000 secret Iraq War documents detailing torture



After making waves releasing classified records about the Afghanistan war, non-profit whistle-blower website Wikileaks has done it again. On Friday, Oct. 22, 2010, Wikileaks posted 400,000 secret documents related to the Iraq war that detail cases of abuse of detainees and deaths of citizens, according to NPR and CNN.

Before the massive information release, the documents were made available to a few media organizations, including The New York Times.

A video from The Guardian about the war logs says the documents reveal the U.S. military ignored abuse by Iraqi authorities.

Unlike the Afghanistan documents, this information release hasn't caused quite the same stir, in part because "the sheer number of documents released is too large for journalists and analysts to dig through in a short amount of time, (and) much of what has been revealed so far is already public knowledge," according to France 24.

Also different this time, the released documents were "sanitized" to not put lives or continued military operations in danger, reported Al Jazeera and CNN.

Such data dumps are raising questions among journalists about the boundaries of digital journalism, and what journalism is.

Wikileaks founder Julian Assange, and Daniel Ellsberg, who leaked the Pentagon Papers, criticized President Obama for his "pursuit" of whistle-blowers, reported The New York Times. For example, Pfc. Bradley Manning, a former military intelligence analyst, is suspected of giving the Afghanistan and Iraq documents to WikiLeaks; Thomas Drake, of the National Security Agency, was indicted this year; and Shamai Kedem Leibowitz, of the F.B.I., pleaded guilty to leaking five classified documents in late 2009.

Meanwhile, former and current Wikileaks supporters are worried that the focus on the U.S. military means the website, which was founded to make all leaked information available to the public, is ignoring "the dramatic increase in submissions from whistle-blowers within closed countries, dictatorships and corporations," according to The Independent.


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