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Wikileaks Gives Lazy Journalists Biased History Of War In Afghanistan: Pictures

by | 26th, July 2010

NEWS of the War in Afghanistan comes in the form of 90,000 documents leaked by the Wikileaks website. It’s news of the war between January 2004 and December 2009, as told by US military to Us military. The Guardian, the New York Times and Der Spiegel all lead with the leak.

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Why did Wikileaks and its founder Julian Assange target these organs? What of the sites’ biases? Interesting and clever to get the mainstream media on side – and with all those corporate lawyers and high visibility should things turn nasty. The full story needs to be invesitgated.

Wikileaks understands this – and it understands that journalists have gotten lazy. Why investigate the difficult story of a distant war – and all that need to talk to actual soldiers and experience it first hand – when you can just publish a load of hand delivered info on the web from your armchair?

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And what of the shocks?

Well, there are the “black ops” soldiers who seek out the Taliban to kill without trial. There are more civilian deaths than many might have thought because the Taliban are trying to kill local police and have increased their use of road-side bombs.

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The Guardian:

92,201 internal records of actions by the US military in Afghanistanbetween January 2004 and December 2009 – threat reports from intelligence agencies, plans and accounts of coalition operations, descriptions of enemy attacks and roadside bombs, records of meetings with local politicians, most of them classified secret.

US national security adviser Gen James Jones claims the leak “could put the lives of Americans and our partners at risk, and threaten our national security”.

Or these leaked documents could just tells us what we already suspect. There’s a war on. It’s not just what you see on the telly. You need to pick sides.

The public has a right to know! A right to know what? Every detail of a war that began in 2001?

And one question you might like to ask – and this is one which the Guardian does not, perhaps seeing these documents as a chance to seep out damning statistics like the Telegraph did with the MPs expenses scandal – who leaked the files and how do we know they are valid?

And where the hell is Anna Chapman in all of this?

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A member of the Afghan National Police (ANP) holds a rocket propelled grenade (RPG) launcher as he takes part in Operation Yaklang in Helmand Province, Afghanistan.



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