Pulitzer for WikiLeaks, please

WikiLeaks is producing better investigative journalism than anything Fox, CNN, ABC or NBC has put out in a long time:

Three months ago, WikiLeaks, a whistleblower Web site that posts classified and sensitive documents, put out an urgent call for help on Twitter.

“Have encrypted videos of U.S. bomb strikes on civilians. We need super computer time,“ stated the Web site, which calls itself “an intelligence agency of the people.”

Somehow — it will not say how — WikiLeaks found the necessary computer time to decrypt a graphic video, released Monday, of a United States Army assault in Baghdad in 2007 that left 12 people dead, including two employees of the news agency Reuters. The video has been viewed more than two million times on YouTube, and has been replayed hundreds of times in television news reports….

Reuters had tried for two and a half years through the Freedom of Information Act to obtain the Iraq video, to no avail….

After decrypting the attack video, WikiLeaks in concert with an Icelandic television channel sent two people to Baghdad last weekend to gather information about the killings, at a cost of $50,000, the site said….

On Tuesday, WikiLeaks claimed to have another encrypted video, said to show an American airstrike in Afghanistan that killed 97 civilians last year.

If WikiLeaks can publish this Afghanistan video, perhaps it deserves a Nobel Peace Prize too!

Posted by James on Friday, April 09, 2010