Wikileaks has released The Afghan War Diary ,2004-2010, which contains over 90,000 leaked secret files from the U.S. Military. The files outline how the U.S. and its allies have systematically under estimated civilian deaths, they describe the existence of a secret U.S. assassination squad, increasing use of remote drones by the U.S. and the increasing sophistication and deadliness of the Taliban insurgency. They even include reference to a cover up by Australian forces of the killing of an Afghan policeman.
Julian Assange as the public face of Wikileaks has bravely spoken publically on the release of the documents and how they describe the true criminal nature of the war in Afghanistan. Already threatened by the U.S. military after Wikileaks leaking of the “Collateral Murder” video from Iraq, there has even been discussion in Australia that he could have committed a crime for helping an enemy of the ADF. Hear Julian discuss the leaks here
Wikileaks needs to be given much credit as anti-war activists for the way they are keeping the true nature of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan to the public and undermining what little moral legitimacy they have.
For further commentary on the Afghan War Diaries leak read the following:
From the World Socialist Web: Leaked documents expose imperialist war in Afghanistan
From Aljazeerah: US hunts Afghan war files leaker
From the Guardian: Wikileaks Afghanistan files: download the key incidents as a spreadsheet
And Afghanistan war logs: Massive leak of secret files exposes truth of occupation