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(updated below – Update II) It doesn’t happen often, but sometimes, something you read is so magnificent on its own that there is nothing to say about it. This USA Today article , proudly touting the increased efforts of the U.S. Government to track down and punish war criminals (provided, of course, that they’re not American), is one such example: War criminals find it’s harder to hide from past, U.S. agents When federal agents finally caught up with Gilberto Jordan, he had all the trappings of a solid American life: a house in a tidy South Florida neighborhood, steady work as a chef and a spotless record as a law-abiding citizen since emigrating from Guatemala in the early 1990s.
A little more than a year before he was fired on June 23, 2010, for making potentially insubordinate remarks in a Rolling Stone profile, General Stanley McChrystal was appointed by President Barack Obama as commander in charge of the war in Afghanistan. He had been formerly in charge of the Joint Special Operations Command (JSOC) headed by former Vice President Dick Cheney. Most of what General McChrystal has done over a thirty-three-year career remains classified, including service between 2003 and 2008 as commander of the JSOC, a special black operations commando unit of the Navy Seals and Delta Force so clandestine that the Pentagon for years refused to acknowledge its existence. Student Researcher: Cristina Risso (Sonoma State University)
Julian Assange Australia's Attorney-General has flagged charging WikiLeaks members for their involvement in releasing confidential US military documents. Speaking at the launch of an international cyber security exercise earlier this week, Attorney-General Robert McClelland expressed his disapproval of WikiLeaks's July release of tens of thousands of secret US documents relating to the war in Afghanistan. He said the release of the documents, 77,000 in total, had put lives at risk and he criticised WikiLeaks for making such a decision ''from the comfort of an office.''
Wikileaks founder could face prosecution over US military document release - 9/30/2010 - Computer WeeklyThursday 30 September 2010 17:34 Wikileaks founder and Australian citizen, Julian Assange, may face prosecution from Australia if further US military documents released by the whistleblower site threaten serving forces' safety, claims a report. Speaking at an international cyber security exercise launch, Australia's Attorney-General Robert McClelland , said, "Anything that puts those people who are serving their country and protecting our security at risk is entirely reprehensible, whether it's done for notoriety, whether it's done for commercial interests. If these acts amount to an offence, the people involved will most certainly be prosecuted," reported Australian newspaper, The Age . Run from Sweden, Wikileaks previously published 77,000 US military documents on the war in Afghanistan and is expected to release almost 400,000 new documents in the coming weeks, said The Age.
By Sonya Bryskine Epoch Times Staff Created: October 1, 2010 Last Updated: October 1, 2010 Wikileaks founder Julian Assange. (Bertil Ericson/AFP/Getty Images)
I have omitted all the verbatim dirty linen. In my opinion, all this redacting of the names of US collaborators is uncalled for – RB Unpublished Iraq War Logs Trigger Internal WikiLeaks Revolt Kevin Poulsen, Kim Zetter, Wired, Sep 27 2010
A London-based journalism nonprofit is working with the WikiLeaks Web site and TV and print media in several countries on programs and stories based on what is described as massive cache of classified U.S. military field reports related to the Iraq War. Iain Overton, editor of The Bureau of Investigative Journalism , tells Declassified that his organization has teamed up with media organizations—including major television networks and one or more American media outlets—in an unspecified number of countries to produce a set of documentaries and stories based on the cache of Iraq War documents in the possession of WikiLeaks. As happened with a similar WikiLeaks collection of tens of thousands of U.S. military field reports on the Afghan war, the unidentified media organizations involved with the London group in the Iraq documents project will all be releasing their stories on the same day, which Overton says would be several weeks from now.
September 25 to October 2 happens to be Banned Books Week and Wikileaks is apparently celebrating by claiming to have the book, Operation Dark Heart , by author Lt. Col Anthony Shaffer. In a rush to suppress some of the content in the book, the Pentagon bought the entire first printing of 10,000 copies and summarily destroyed them . Versions of the book currently being sold will be edited by the government. “When you look at what they took out (in the 2nd edition), it’s lunacy,” Shaffer said. Cut them some slack, Shaffer.
The infamous whistleblower website is under attack by the co-founder of the collaborative encyclopedia with which it shares its prefix. Jimmy Wales criticized WikiLeaks , which released thousands of classified military documents earlier this year, for using "wiki" in its name even though the site is anything but a "wiki." "I wish they wouldn't use the name, they are not a Wiki," he said at a business conference in Kuala Lumpur , according to AFP.
A series of frame grabs from a video posted on a website, WikiLeaks.org, shows a U.S. Army Apache helicopter firing on a group of people in a street east of Baghdad, Iraq on July 12, 2007. It is believed that a Reuters press photographer Namie Noor-Eldeen, his driver Saeed Chmagh, and two children were among those killed in the attack, and that Noor-Eldeen's camera equipment was mistaken for AK-47s. UPI/WikiLeaks.org