Fantastic summary: "Indiscriminate Slaughter: The Leaks that Led to the Targeting of Assange," by Paul Gregoire

A stark comparison

The Afghan War Logs comprise of close to 92,000 documents produced between 2004 and 2009. As Der Spiegel outlined on their release in July 2010, never before had “it been possible to compare the reality on the battlefield” to what “the US Army propaganda” machine propagates.

The leaking of these files exposed details about the secretive Task Force 373: a troop of US elite soldiers. This included one particularly heinous file marked “keep protected”, which described a 2007 operation to take out a prominent al-Qaida figure, which resulted in the killing of six children.

Then Obama administration deputy national security advisor Ben Rhodes condemned the disclosure of the classified documents, asserting that it endangered the lives of US personnel and that of allied nations, as well as threatening US national security.

The civilian toll

Published in October 2010, the Iraq War Logs is made up of 391,831 files from 2004 to 2009. The documents detail 109,000 deaths recorded as a result of the imperialist war in Iraq, of which 66,081 were civilian casualties.

Sydney Criminal Lawyers randomly selected one file, which details that two improvised explosive devices were placed under bleachers at a soccer field in Al Mammon Zone. As locals watched a game, the bombs were detonated on 2 August 2006, leaving eight civilians dead and 13 injured.

The war logs also detail numerous cases of routine detainee abuse by Iraqi police and soldiers, which is supported by medical evidence. There are incidents of shackled prisoners being blindfolded and hung by their wrists or ankles, as well as whipping, punching and the use of electric shock torture.

A diplomatic nightmare

Cablegate involved the November 2010 release of 251,287 classified cables sent to the US State Department between 1966 and 2010 from 274 consulates, embassies and diplomatic missions around the globe. At the time, it was the largest leak of confidential documents in history.

And what was divulged was the United States painstakingly maintaining its influence in the affairs of other nations, as well as detailed accounts of how foreign players were being perceived by the White House and its diplomats.

It was revealed the US was spying on its allies and the UN, it couldn’t close Guantanamo as no other nations would take the detainees, while then US secretary of state Hillary Clinton asked diplomats to keep an eye on then Argentinean president Cristina Fernandez in case she was on meds.

Detained for no crime

The Gitmo Files were released on 24 April 2011. The leak was made up of 779 secret files from the Guantanamo Bay prison camp. The documents were the last of those that had been passed on by Manning, who by that stage had long been detained by US authorities.

The files revealed that while dozens of confessed terrorists were being held at Guantanamo, there were more than 150 innocent Afghan and Pakistani nationals under long-term detention there. And the US had held men as old as 89 at the camp, while boys as young as 14 had been imprisoned. [Source]

Tom Usher

About Tom Usher

Employment: 2008 - present, website developer and writer. 2015 - present, insurance broker. Education: Arizona State University, Bachelor of Science in Political Science. City University of Seattle, graduate studies in Public Administration. Volunteerism: 2007 - present, president of the Real Liberal Christian Church and Christian Commons Project.