by Chet Hardin
The floodgates have opened. Al Jazeera has released a video detailing the use of torture in Iraq, based on a 10-week inspection of documents provided to them by WikiLeaks. According to WikiLeaks, the news channel broke an embargo by releasing the video today in advance of tomorrow's scheduled press conference.
As a result, WikiLeaks has lifted the embargo for all the media outlets that were granted access to the documents.
In a story titled "Iraq war logs: secret files show how US ignored torture,"The Guardian reports: "Almost 400,000 secret US army field reports have been passed to the Guardian and a number of other international media organisations via the whistleblowing website WikiLeaks." It continues:
The new logs detail how:
• US authorities failed to investigate hundreds of reports of abuse, torture, rape and even murder by Iraqi police and soldiers whose conduct appears to be systematic and normally unpunished.
• A US helicopter gunship involved in a notorious Baghdad incident had previously killed Iraqi insurgents after they tried to surrender.
• More than 15,000 civilians died in previously unknown incidents. U.S. and U.K. officials have insisted that no official record of civilian casualties exists but the logs record 66,081 non-combatant deaths out of a total of 109,000 fatalities.
The New York Times has released its coverage.
Below is Al Jazeera's video. Again, this video details claims of torture: