The war on WikiLeaks

From Socialist Worker:

Nicole Colson reports on new revelations about the U.S. war machine in Iraq–and the attempt by politicians and the media to deflect attention from the real crimes.

October 28, 2010

TORTURE, BRUTALITY and civilian deaths. That is the legacy of the U.S. war on Iraq, according to nearly 400,000 secret U.S. military field reports recently released by muckracking Web site WikiLeaks.

But once again, U.S. political leaders and establishment media outlets are trying to shoot the messenger. Not only have the media tried to spin the reports to make the U.S. look better, but politicians are denouncing WikiLeaks and its founder Julian Assange for publishing the material.

The same people who cheered on these wars in the first place–from government officials who jumped on the Bush administration bandwagon to invade, to a mainstream media that mindlessly parroted the case for war–are now trying to downplay what WikiLeaks has revealed, while smearing Assange for good measure.

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