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WikiLeaks became internationally known in April 2010 when it released a classified video of an airstrike in July 2007 in Baghdad, showing two Reuters journalists being killed, after the pilots mistakenly thought the men were carrying weapons, which were in fact cameras. After the mistaken killing, the video shows U.S. forces firing on a family van that stopped to pick up the bodies, constituting a war crime. (The video was obtained from Pfc Bradley Manning, who was sentenced in 2013 to 35 years in prison for disclosing the classified video). Assange has been under criminal investigation ever since.
The WikiLeaks documents offer an unprecedented look at the American diplomatic process—from 1966 to cables written as recently as November 2013. Julian Assange is a hero to progressives who believe in open government and oppose secrecy; in the mold of Daniel Ellsberg and Mike Gravel, who revealed “The Pentagon Papers” about Vietnam.
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