WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange walks out on CNN interview + Iraq war logs: civilian deaths

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By Stephen C. Webster
Raw Story
Saturday, October 23rd, 2010

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“This interview is about something else,” he said. “I will have to walk if you are… If you are going to contaminate this extremely serious interview with questions about my personal life.”

The reporter persisted, so Assange calmly got up, removed his mic, apologized and left.

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“The attack on the truth by war begins long before war starts and continues long after a war ends,” he said. “We hope to correct some of that attack on the truth that occurred before the war, during the war and which has continued on since the war officially concluded.”

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WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange walks out on CNN interview

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Iraq war logs: How civilians have paid heaviest price

David Pakman Show
Oct 22, 2010

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Wikileaks: Iraq war logs ‘reveal truth about conflict’

BBC News

Kanal tilhørende TheVildbasse on Oct 23, 2010

Julian Assange of Wikileaks and spokesperson of Iraq Body Count (IBC) talk on scale of Iraq war documents leaked to the press, assessing the numbers of innocent Iraqis killed and brutally tortured, which is believed to be 80 precent or higher of the named Iraqis listed by the IBC.

Wikileaks Iraq War Logs BBC News

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Julian Assange: Start imagining the war or stop supporting it

RT

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“This is the most accurate description of a war that has ever been released into the historic record. There is nothing comparable. It is the details of the deaths of 109,000 people, the wounding of 170,000 people, the detaining of nearly 200,000 people during a course of six years. Of course, that is only about a half the military action that went on during that period, because it is only the US view on things, but even so we see that there is nearly no street corner in Baghdad that did not have a body found that had been killed through violence in one form or another,” he said.

“We should start imagining it or stop supporting it. It is not good to support things that you do not understand,” he pointed out.

“We need to understand what the reality of war is, if we are going to choose to engage in it.”

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Julian Assange to RT: WikiLeaks gives ‘most accurate picture of war’

RussiaToday·Oct 24, 2010

The shocking WikiLeaks release, which has revealed thousands of unreported civilian casualties in Iraq, is the most accurate picture of war ever made, and it is food for thought, says the website’s editor-in-chief. The report, condemned by the Pentagon, claims that US commanders in Iraq ignored evidence of torture and the murder of civilians. “This material has revealed 15,000 previously unreported, undocumented civilian casualties. That’s an extraordinary number of people who have never been spoken about before,” Julian Assange said. “We also see that the cover up of torture by coalition forces well after Abu Ghraib was a concrete policy, a secret policy: to not intervene with torture conducted by the fledgling Iraqi government,” he added. “This is the most accurate description of a war that has ever been released into the historic record.

There is nothing comparable. It is the details of the deaths of 109,000 people, the wounding of 170,000 people, the detaining of nearly 200,000 people during a course of six years. Of course, that is only about a half the military action that went on during that period, because it is only the US view on things, but even so we see that there is nearly no street corner in Baghdad that did not have a body found that had been killed through violence in one form or another,” he said. “We should start imagining it or stop supporting it. It is not good to support things that you do not understand,” he pointed out. “We need to understand what the reality of war is, if we are going to choose to engage in it.” Assange said that WikiLeaks was now expecting some kind of response from the Pentagon, a counter-attack that follows each of the website’s releases. “Last time it was names appearing in the material, which the Pentagon managed to successfully fool the press into believing was going to be a great big assassination list for the Taliban. But in fact, nearly all of those names were right to appear; they were the names of governors who were taking bribes by the US military, or the names of the radio stations that were taking bribes to put on propaganda content.

As recently as last week, NATO officials in Kabul said they could not find a single person that needed protecting or moving… And a letter has come out that was originally written on August 16th by Defense Secretary Gates stating that no sensitive intelligence sources or methods were revealed in that material, but of course, this was not the public line,” he said.

see

US forces turn a blind eye to torture + WikiLeaks Iraq files reveal torture

Toppling a country: from Statue to Legality by Felicity Arbuthnot

Iraqis respond to WikiLeaks files

Iraq Body Count on WikiLeaks Iraq War Logs

Hillary Clinton on the Wikileaks Iraq war logs

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  10. Julian is right: CNN is avoiding the issue.

    The female reporter approach isn’t garnering my feminine sympathy at all. In fact, it’s ridiculous CNN is using women to hide the war crimes and war failures of government. If the female reporter had any sense, she would sue CNN for discrimination and forcing her to do yellow house-wife journalism on the level of grocery-store gossip columns. I pity her career if she continues to be spineless and allows the propaganda outlets to manipulate her into this low-class stereo-typed role.

    We all know the female CNN reporter wanted to talk about the gagging of our soldiers and how the Bush left-overs of the White House locked military communications down BEFORE they attacked Wikileaks. And we know she wanted to talk about how our soldiers are constantly put out to pasture for a bloody washrag that means nothing to anybody but the bureaucrats who rip U.S. off and try to save face by hiding behind fascism paraded around as `democracy’ in a limited republic that relegates freedom of speech to a second-class fundamental right.

    Like the Democrats and the Republicans, the female reporter knows the audience can’t even tell the difference between CNN and FOX. It all looks the same to her and so she is paid to drive the audience to Wikileaks (and RAW) anyway. Besides… Julian is not the first to “walk out” on corporate media crack — a big portion of the news audience did a long time ago.

    So come on CNN… stop trying to force your reporters to smell everybody’s underwear and put the garbage programming in the trash. Leave the yellow house-wife journalism to grocery-store gossip columns and stop the peeping-tom act: it’s boring U.S. all to death… and your female employees know it.

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