Monday, July 26, 2010

Wikileaks publishes Afghan War Data that has been kept from the public

90,000 documents released by have revealed information about the war in Afghanistan that U.S. officials would have rather remained secret. As journalists and activists sift through these documents, more controversy over the conduct of the Afghanistan war is sure to follow. As the New York Times put it: View is Bleaker Than Official Portrayal of War in Afghanistan.

Wikileaks, first launched in 2007, remained mostly off the radar for the general public until sparking a controversy in April of 2010 over civilian casualties in the Iraq war. By releasing a classified U.S. military video showing a U.S. helicopter attack in which 12 were killed, including two Reuters journalists, wikileaks inspired a new round of criticism of U.S. military presence in Iraq.