In what is rumored to be "the biggest leak of military intelligence that
has ever occurred," the whistleblower site WikiLeaks is preparing to
reveal hundreds of thousands of documents pertaining to the Iraq War.
Iain Overton, the editor of a journalism nonprofit in London, told
Newsweek he's working with WikiLeaks and other media organizations to
process, digest, and publish the information. Here's what's buzzing about the upcoming
intelligence leak around the Web:
- This Will Be the Biggest Dump Ever, writes Kim Zetter at Wired: "Pfc. Bradley Manning, who has been charged with improperly downloading and leaking classified information, disclosed to a former hacker in May
that he had given WikiLeaks a database covering 500,000 events in the
Iraq War between 2004 and 2009. Manning said the database included
reports, dates, and latitude and longitude of events, as well as
casualty figures. A leak of this sort would vastly dwarf the cache of about 75,000 documents that WikiLeaks published
in July from the Afghanistan War. That cache involved field reports
from analysts who compiled information from informants and others on
incidents and intelligence."
- This Will Probably Contain Info on Detainee Treatment, writes Mark Hosenball
at Newsweek: "The Iraq material portrays U.S. forces being involved in a
'bloodbath,' but some of the most disturbing material relates to the
abusive treatment of detainees, not by Americans but by Iraqi security
- They'll Try to Prevent Casualties, writes Gautham Nagesh
at The Hill: "Overton said his organization is taking seriously U.S.
complaints that the Afghanistan leaks have put lives in jeopardy, which
is why they are reviewing all reports first for sensitive information
rather than posting the raw material. He said WikiLeaks's media partners
have agreed to make financial contributions to WikiLeaks to 'help meet
- A Number of Media Sources Will Get Exclusives, writes Tim Edwards at The First Post:
Iain Overton, editor of The Bureau of Investigative Journalism
, which is working with WikiLeaks to identify specific stories among the documents, told Newsweek
that each of the organisations involved this time will come up with its
own angle on the material, because "everyone wants their exclusive". He
adds that the tranche of documents will be around three times the size
of the Afghanistan leak.
- Bringing in the MSM Is a Smart Strategy, writes Michael Collins
at The Agonist: "It guarantees maximum publicity. It takes a great deal
of heat of Wikileaks as the prime malefactor in the eyes of the
national security state. It also impresses on the leaks the imprimatur
of the mass media, lending it immediate gravitas."
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