Army Soldier Heads to Trial for Release of Helicopter Attack Video
Even though Reuters pressed for the release of the video showing a Reuters photographer and his driver being gunned down by an American helicopter in Baghdad, the government doesn't take kindly to releasing of such incendiary footage before it is ready with some made-up story to make it appear as though this is all some big misunderstanding. Ooops.
A soldier has been arrested in connection with the release of a classified video of a 2007 helicopter attack that killed a dozen people in Baghdad, including two Reuters news staff, the military said.
Army Specialist Bradley Manning, 22, of Potomac, Maryland, who was deployed to Baghdad, is being held in pre-trial confinement in Kuwait, "for allegedly releasing classified information," according to a U.S. military statement.
The statement did not provide details of the information in question but in an emailed response to a query, a U.S. official confirmed that the case involved a U.S. military videotape made public in April by WikiLeaks, a group that promotes the leaking of information to fight government and corporate corruption.
The gunsight video shows an attack by a U.S. Apache helicopter on a group of men in a square in a Baghdad neighborhood. The group included Reuters photographer Namir Noor-Eldeen, 22, and his assistant and driver, Saeed Chmagh, 40.
"The Department of Defense takes the management of classified information very seriously because it affects our national security, the lives of our soldiers, and our operations abroad," the U.S. military statement said.
"The results of the investigation will be released upon completion of the investigation," the statement said.
Manning was deployed with the 2nd Brigade 10th Mountain Division, U.S. officials said.
The U.S. government has long considered Wikileaks a massive thorn in its infected side as any website that reveals the true state of our system is a threat. The government's only goal - ANY government's goal - is self-preservation and the more knowledge its citizens have about its activities, the bigger the threat that the parasite will be discovered and purged.
No weaseling its way out of this one, it seems.