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5 Passages from the WikiLeaks "Afghan Diary" That Bring the Bizarre, Tragic Reality of War to Life

Join our email list: Stay up to date with the latest headlines via email. Much has been made of the unfolding scandal surrounding the WikiLeaks Afghanistan war cache. Surprisingly less attention has been paid to the vast amount of material itself -- beyond, that is, what the New York Times and Guardian have deemed important enough to publish. Putting to the side the political debates swirling around the leak, the material is rich on its own terms, rich in a way that second-hand round-ups and editorializing syntheses simply cannot capture. Below are five memos that gave this reader pause, each for different reasons. . #1. Prisons and prisoners are running motifs in the memos. On the night of 28 May between 1500Z and 2400Z Mohammed Wali Jan, a detained suspected ACM (Anti-Coalition Militia) was able to use his blanket as a tool and pull in the roof of his cell. WikiLeaks. Please support our site by enabling javascript to view ads.


State of the Nation. Well, it's a good bet the dying newspaper industry would reap benefits, given who's helping to write the proposed amendment to the Media Shield law awaiting Senate approval: From sponsor Sen.

State of the Nation

Can the WikiLeaks Afghanistan War Documents Be Removed From Internet? Measuring Blood on Hands in the Wikileaks Controversy. Wikileaks. Could WikiLeaks story put a damper on battlefield intell? Could WikiLeaks story put a damper on battlefield intell?

Could WikiLeaks story put a damper on battlefield intell?

Most of the reaction to the dumping of classified Afghan war documents at the WikiLeaks whistleblower Web site has so far focused on the broader damage the release might cause to the U.S. in that fight. But might the affair also impact the future ability of frontline troops to do their job? A story published in MIT’s Technology Review implies that it could. Pakistan under US and UK attacks: A look at history. Saturday, August 7, 2010 Strategic Issues Photo: Adnan Abidi, ReutersM.

Pakistan under US and UK attacks: A look at history

Serajul Islam. Ensign blocks, then releases, Iceland nominee on Wikileaks - The Political Eye. Luis Arreaga is on his way to Iceland as the new ambassador from the United States.

Ensign blocks, then releases, Iceland nominee on Wikileaks - The Political Eye

But only after he said the right things in a meeting yesterday with Sen. John Ensign. Ensign, R-Nev., clamped a hold on Arreaga's Senate confirmation on Thursday, and removed it only after a face-to-face in the senator's office. Mumia Abu-Jamal 'Wikileaks and the Imperial Press' Wikileaks and the Imperial Press[col. writ. 8/1/10] (c) '10 Mumia Abu-Jamal The release of some 70,000 + files from the Afghanistan War has been treated by most corporate media as, at best, a minor irritant, and worst, an act of treason.

Mumia Abu-Jamal 'Wikileaks and the Imperial Press'

The instincts expressed by these outlets betrays the same mind set that whipped the nation to war in the aftermath of 9/11. Media as servant of presidential power. Media as servant of the defense industries - and Empire. Julian Assange, editor-in-chief of Wikileaks, has been lashed for not caring sufficiently for U.S. soldiers or secret Afghanistan informants. Pentagon to Troops: Taliban Can Read WikiLeaks, You Can’t. Any citizen, any foreign spy, any member of the Taliban, and any terrorist can go to the WikiLeaks website, and download detailed information about how the U.S. military waged war in Afghanistan from 2004 to 2009.

Pentagon to Troops: Taliban Can Read WikiLeaks, You Can’t

Members of that same military, however, are now banned from looking at those internal military documents. “Doing so would introduce potentially classified information on unclassified networks,” according to one directive issued by the armed forces. That cry you hear? It’s common sense, writhing in pain. There was a time, just a few months ago, when the Pentagon appeared to be growing comfortable with the emerging digital media landscape. Now, the Marine Corps is telling troops and civilian employees in a memo: The Pentagon bans all military access to Wikileaks – Tech Products & Geek News. Following on from the controversy surrounding Wikileaks sharing sensitive military documents, and the mysterious insurance file, the Pentagon is taking steps to protect military assets.

The Pentagon bans all military access to Wikileaks – Tech Products & Geek News

Access to Wikileaks has been banned across the entire U.S. Military in what seems to be a bid to stop any further information being leaked. Iran suspicious over WikiLeaks disclosures. Bildt: No US-Sweden talks over WikiLeaks. Published: 06 Aug 2010 15:26 GMT+02:00Updated: 06 Aug 2010 15:26 GMT+02:00 Sweden's foreign minister Carl Bildt has denied that the US government has approached Sweden in connection with the website WikiLeaks and reports that many of the Afghan War Diary documents pass through a Swedish web-host.

Bildt: No US-Sweden talks over WikiLeaks

"No. Digg, WikiLeaks, and Censorship, American Style. Anti-free-speech/user-privacy articles are all over the news this week. And though the fuss over U.S. net neutrality may have been wrong, censorship is alive and well in America--it just takes a slightly different form. Military censors(ish) WikiLeaks visits by staff Concerned by the recent Wikileaks fiasco, which saw tens of thousands of potentially embarrassing (and also, for some forces still in the field, potentially life threatening) facts exposed to the world's eyeballs, the U.S. military machine is closing ranks. Never mind that much of the so-called controversial material is pretty run-of-the-mill for any expeditionary military force that's actually in action, there's a huge fuss about the event as the documents were all classified. Now it's emerged that all branches of the U.S. military are issuing edicts that ban their staff from visiting WikiLeaks. Is this move surprising? Conservatives constrict liberal voices on Digg This is, if true, controversial stuff.

Iran suspicious over WikiLeaks disclosures. New Delhi, Aug 6 (ANI): Iran is suspicious about the revelations made by web portal WikiLeaks, exposing the dubious designs of Pakistani spy agency Inter-Services Intelligence in targeting Indian interests in Kabul and role of Tehran in fuelling insurgency in Afghanistan. This Week in Review: Newsweek’s new owner, WikiLeaks and context, and Tumblr’s media trendiness. [Every Friday, Mark Coddington sums up the week’s top stories about the future of news and the debates that grew up around them. —Josh] A newbie owner for Newsweek: This week was a big one for Newsweek: After being on the block since May, it was sold to Sidney Harman, a 92-year-old audio equipment mogul who’s married to a Democratic congresswoman and owns no other media properties.

The price: $1, plus the responsibility for Newsweek’s liabilities, estimated at about $70 million. The magazine’s editor, Jon Meacham, is leaving with the sale, though he told Yahoo’s Michael Calderone that he had decided in June to leave when Newsweek was sold, no matter who the new owners were. Harman’s age and background and the low sale price made for quite a few biting jokes about the sale on Twitter, dutifully chronicled for us by Slate’s Jack Shafer. Harman didn’t help himself out much by telling The New York Times he doesn’t have a plan for Newsweek. Mashable also examined (in nifty infographic form!) Pentagon Demands WikiLeaks ‘Return’ All Classified Documents. A Pentagon spokesman on Thursday demanded that the secret-spilling website WikiLeaks return and delete all the classified Defense Department documents in its possession, and stop soliciting new ones.

“The Defense Department demands that WikiLeaks return immediately to the U.S. government all versions of documents obtained directly or indirectly from the Department of Defense databases or records,” said spokesman Geoff Morrell, opening the Pentagon’s daily press briefing. “WikiLeaks’s public disclosure last week of a large number of our documents has already threatened the safety of our troops, our allies and Afghan citizens who are working with us to help bring about peace and stability in that part of the world,” said Morrell. “Public disclosure of additional Defense Department classified information can only make the damage worse. Pentagon threatens to 'compel' WikiLeaks to hand over Afghan war data. • A daily summary of global reports on security issues.

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