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

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ANTIBES, France — Now that the dust has settled, what was the impact of tens of thousands of classified Afghanistan War documents dumped on the internet by Was it — as most of the mainstream media immediately pronounced — the biggest intelligence leak since the Pentagon Papers? It was certainly the most voluminous. But it only added details to what serious newspaper readers already knew: that war is messy, soldiers make mistakes, weapons sometimes hit the wrong targets — in short, that “stuff happens,” as former Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld said of the Iraq War.

In fact, you could find ammunition to make any point you want from the WikiLeaks. 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? 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 Pakistan has suddenly become the scapegoat for what is going wrong in Afghanistan. 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. His other offense? This is what the Imperial media sounds like.

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. 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. Iran suspicious over WikiLeaks disclosures. 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.

This Week in Review: Newsweek’s new owner, WikiLeaks and context, and Tumblr’s media trendiness

—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. 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.

Wikileaks responded on Twitter by calling Morrell “obnoxious,” followed by a second tweet urging WikiLeaks supporters to donate to the organization. See also. Pentagon threatens to 'compel' WikiLeaks to hand over Afghan war data. Bradley Manning: An American Hero. Manning, of course, is the courageous Army intelligence analyst turned whistleblower, who admitted leaking: -- "260,000 classified United States diplomatic cables and video of a (US) airstrike in Afghanistan that killed 97 civilians last year," and -- an "explosive (39 minute) video of an American helicopter attack in Baghdad that left 12 people dead, including two employees of the Reuters news agency" - "collateral murder" he felt obligated to expose. It got him in trouble.