WikiLeaks Files Detail Civilian Deaths, Iran's Aid
Site dumps nearly 400,000 secret military documents about Iraq
By John Johnson, Newser Staff
Posted Oct 22, 2010 4:12 PM CDT
Ali Muhsen weeps over the coffin of his brother during his funeral procession in the Shiite city of Najaf, Iraq, in September.   (AP Photo/Alaa al-Marjani)

(Newser) – WikiLeaks has dumped its new trove of classified military documents, cataloging the Iraqi war's heavy toll on civilians, the systematic abuse of detainees by Iraqi police as the US looked the other way, and evidence that Iran has been helping anti-US militias more than has been acknowledged. The whistle-blowing site plans a news conference tomorrow about the 392,000 files, thought to be the biggest such release ever. Details are emerging fast and furious from the media outlets that were granted a preview. Click the links for overviews in the New York Times, the Guardian, and Der Spiegel.

Among the threads emerging:

  • Iraqi authorities brutally abused detainees while the US took no action because coalition troops were not involved. (Story here.)
  • The US kept track of Iraqi deaths, despite its denials, logging 109,000 between 2004 and 2009, with 66,000 of those civilians. (Story here.)
  • Most civilian deaths came at the hands of fellow Iraqis, but the documents highlight previously unreported incidents in which US soldiers were to blame. (Story here.)
  • Iran's military has been aggressively helping Shiite militias, with Iranian troops sometimes engaging US soldiers. (Story here.)

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Oct 26, 2010 12:32 PM CDT
By the way, in these civilian fatality statistics, no one is counting grandmothers who died from heat stroke because there was no electricity to turn on a fan. The average high temperature in Baghdad in July is 110 degrees. June, August and September also all average over 100 degrees... What's going to happen to old people and infants in this environment with no electricity, refrigeration, clean water?
Oct 23, 2010 3:04 PM CDT
mixed feelings here... any secrets that are released that put any of our troops in harms way is wrong....period ... used to come under the term of best we can call it aid and comfort to the enemy. there may be things that are classified that don't deserve being classified but ALL Governments at one time or the other do it...and it deserves to be exposed... quite frankly I don't know how wiki leaks gets away with it ... the "Walker family of spies" are still in federal prison.
Oct 23, 2010 8:22 AM CDT
Time to send wiki-leaks another donation. Boy they do good work. True patriots.