Tuesday, June 15, 2010

Wikileaks has Garani massacre video

According to an email circulated by Wikileaks editor Julian Assange this morning:
One of our alleged sources, a young US intelligence analyst, Bradley Manning, has been detained and shipped to a US military prison in Kuwait, where he is being held without trail. Mr. Manning is alleged to have acted according to his conscious and leaked to us the Collateral Murder video and the video of a massacre that took place in Afghanistan last year at Garani.

The Garani massacre, which we are still working on, killed over 100 people, mostly children.
You can read the rest of the email here.

In the email Assange makes no mention of Daniel Ellsberg's concern that the US might try to assassinate him. (Daniel Ellsberg, of course, is famous for having leaked the Pentagon Papers -- a courageous act by a career diplomat which helped to end the Vietnam War.)  Assange's email does, however, refer to the US government's allegation that Manning sent Wikileaks 260,000 classified  State Department cables -- a claim which Wikileaks denies.  Assange writes, "(T)he US government is acting as if the allegation is true and we do have a lot of other material that exposes human rights abuses by the United States government."   Hence Ellsberg's fear.

Ellsberg said in a recent interview with MSNBC's Ratigan:
We have after all .. a president who has announced that he feels he has the right to use special operations operatives against anyone abroad, that he thinks is associated with terrorism.... One American citizen has even been named. Now Assange is not an American citizen. But I listen to that with a special interest. Because I was in fact the subject of a White House hit squad in November on May 3rd, 1972....  For worries they had that I would leak president Nixon’s nuclear threats, which he was making at that precise time in 1972. Now as I look at Assange’s case, they’re worried that he will reveal current threats. I would have to say puts his well-being, his physical life, in some danger now. And I say that with anguish. I think it’s astonishing that an American president should have put out that policy and he’s not getting these resistance from it, from congress, the press, the courts or anything. it’s an amazing development that I think Assange would do well to keep his whereabouts unknown.
Assange canceled his appearance at a speaking engagement that was to have taken place over the weekend in Las Vegas (on a panel with Valerie Plame and Scott Risen). Having been advised against travel to the US, Assange is believed to be back in his native Australia.

According to Assange, Wikileaks requires urgent financial support.

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