The biggest leak in military history has now been facilitated by Wikileaks. The 300,000+ document cache regarding the secrest of the US occupation of Iraq has now been given to the New York Times, The Guardian, and Der Spiegel. Al Jazeera English, in conjunction with the Bureau of Investigative Journalism, was given access to the documents 12 weeks in advance of the official leakage.
Included below is a summary of links to the introduction of the warlogs by these outlets. There is a Facebook group, “Canadians in Support of Wikileaks”, with updates on the leaks. Please support this group. This information ought to be public property, and is very important in the public perception to this war, and thus our democracy.
Der Spiegel (Eng):
Here is the actual Wikileaks announcement:
(the actual log pages are down for the moment due to high traffic)
At 5pm EST Friday 22nd October 2010 WikiLeaks released the largest classified military leak in history. The 391,832 reports (‘The Iraq War Logs’), document the war and occupation in Iraq, from 1st January 2004 to 31st December 2009 (except for the months of May 2004 and March 2009) as told by soldiers in the United States Army. Each is a ‘SIGACT’ or Significant Action in the war. They detail events as seen and heard by the US military troops on the ground in Iraq and are the first real glimpse into the secret history of the war that the United States government has been privy to throughout.
The reports detail 109,032 deaths in Iraq, comprised of 66,081 ‘civilians’; 23,984 ‘enemy’ (those labeled as insurgents); 15,196 ‘host nation’ (Iraqi government forces) and 3,771 ‘friendly’ (coalition forces). The majority of the deaths (66,000, over 60%) of these are civilian deaths.That is 31 civilians dying every day during the six year period. For comparison, the ‘Afghan War Diaries’, previously released by WikiLeaks, covering the same period, detail the deaths of some 20,000 people. Iraq during the same period, was five times as lethal with equivallent population size.