As the trial of Pfc. Bradley Manning continued today, the Pentagon brought attention to one of the first leaks released, the video of a July 2007 massacre of Iraqi civilians, including the killing of two Reuters employees.
The video was first released to the public in April of 2010, and showed soldiers watching a group of civilians walking down the street, spied a Reuters cameraman’s camera, declaring it a “rocket launcher” and attacking. They then attacked a van that tried to rescue the wounded, killing several others and wounding two children.
Pentagon officials have been complaining about the leak of the video for some time, mostly angry about the embarrassment of getting caught lying about “combat operations” that never happened against a hostile force that never existed. Today though, they claimed it amounted to aid to the enemy.
The argument came from a Pentagon helicopter expert, who argued that the “attack plan” the helicopter used in massacre random civilians could conceivably teach militants how to better anticipate attacks against them.
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