On October 22, WikiLeaks finally released the nearly 400,000 documents from Iraq war logs that were leaked to it from military sources. The bulk of the documents cover military action reports from 2004 through 2007 throughout the Iraq theater of operations.
Some news outlets reported that WikiLeaks had beefed up security for top folks within the organization, following the release. It isn’t clear whether WikiLeak leadership fears reprisals from the U.S. government, or from citizens or terrorists. Regardless, the organization met its promise to release the documents by publishing them, via a searchable online database, at the WikiLeaks website.
It will be a while before the fallout is felt from the release. The Pentagon will be reviewing the releases, and you can be certain that journalists will be scouring the data for news-worthy information.
U.S. foreign secretary William Hague told the BBC that the leaked documents detailing U.S. troops ignoring evidence of torture as a “propaganda gift” for the terrorists.
The heavily redacted WikiLeaks documents detail crimes, military actions and other internal military report documents, most of which detail mundane and not-unusual drug-busts, murder investigations and other situations where U.S. troops had to deal with a high level of lawlessness and crime in Iraq.
However, sprinkled throughout are intriguing reports of abuses by the newly trained Iraqi police force. There are reports of Iraqi police abusing detainees, and otherwise threatening the population using methods reminiscent of Saddam Hussein’s own police force before the war.
Other reports, submitted by U.S. troops to superiors, detailed numerous disturbing offenses by the U.S. trained Iraqi police including:
->Torture with electric drills
Many of the logs also involve actions in Afghanistan and deal with both U.S. and British troops and how they dealt with detainees.
William Hague told the BBC:
“But I do condemn the unauthorised release of information which can endanger our forces, which can endanger people who have worked with our forces, and which gives one-sided propaganda, a propaganda gift, for insurgents.”
He went on to point out that the bulk of civilian attacks and torture against men, women and children alike are conducted by the terrorists, but that the one-sided release detailing actions against detainees with potential terrorist ties creates fodder for pro-terrorist propaganda.Originally published on TopSecretWriters.com