July 28th, 2010
10:34 AM ET

WikiLeaks documents: What we've learned so far

U.S. Marines patrol southern Helmand province in Afghanistan.

Thousands of leaked classified documents published by WikiLeaks.org have given a rare glimpse into some operations on the ground in the Afghanistan war.

The firsthand accounts are the military's raw data on the war, including numbers killed, casualties, threat reports and the like, according to Julian Assange, founder of WikiLeaks.org. CNN has been unable to confirm the documents are authentic. Our reporters are digging into the tens of thousands of documents to see what we can learn about the war, troop operations, insurgent attacks and tactical issues.

Here's what we've learned about so far:

Toll of enemy ambushes

Some of the leaked messages reveal a strategic pattern of hit-and-run ambushes by enemy forces operating in Afghanistan - attacks that the U.S.-led military coalition began to treat as routine occurrences.

The material details more than 530 separate incidents of ambush-style assaults. While likely only a fraction of the total number of such attacks, taken together they show that the U.S. and its coalition partners, along with a variety of Afghan military and security branches, were mostly helpless to prevent or anticipate them.

Response when a soldier goes missing

One of the military reports takes a look at how the U.S. military responded to a specific incident when an Army officer went missing from his base in Afghanistan. When U.S. Army Pfc. Bowe Bergdahl was first discovered missing from his southeastern Afghanistan base last summer, the commander of his unit quickly ordered "all operations will cease until missing soldier is found."

"All assets will be focused on the DUSTWUN [duty status - whereabouts unknown] situation and sustainment operations," according to one of the 90,000 secret military reports released.

Occasional chat about bin Laden

The reports provide fleeting glimpses into the possible whereabouts of al Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden in the years since his escape from American forces at Tora Bora in the Afghan mountains. There are a few interesting mentions of bin Laden, but many of the reports in which his name surfaces focus on what officials believed or thought about whether he was trying to remain hidden or avoid capture and occasional references to events or meetings he is reported to have attended.

Some documents quoted intelligence sources as saying bin Laden wanted al Qaeda operatives disguised as journalists to attack Afghan President Hamid Karzai during a 2004 news conference. In 2005, his financial adviser and an Afghan insurgent leader reportedly were dispatched to obtain rockets from North Korea to use against U.S. forces in Afghanistan.

Truckers shaken down from both sides

A few of the leaked documents show that sometimes supplies are just as much a focus in this war as the people on either side simply fighting each other. Truckers moving vital supplies along the roads of war-torn Afghanistan have faced shakedowns by both the Taliban and Afghan authorities, with Taliban fighters charging up to $500 for safe passage, the leaked reports show.

A trucking company working in Afghanistan told American forces "that they were approached by Taliban personnel to talk about payment for the safe passage of convoys through their area," one report from 2007 says.

Infighting and drug use among Afghan forces

Some documents reveal conflict among Afghan security forces, including attacks on one another, as well as heavy drug use among troops.

The material details more than 60 "Green on Green" incidents in which Afghan military personnel were more concerned with battling each other, rather than insurgents. Illegal drugs appear in several other instances to have fueled much of the internal Afghan disputes, including instances where soldiers were caught being high on drugs, and in one report, the drug use led to a gunbattle breaking out on base.

Media's impact on investigations

While many of the reports are details from sources on the ground about certain daily operations, one leaked document sheds light on the confusion of what turned into a controversial attack in Kunduz - and how the media played a role in the military's investigation afterward.

One leaked document shows how NATO troops were mistaken in a deadly air attack on two stolen fuel tankers last year. After the tankers were blown up and a unit was sent to the scene, a military report of the incident found no civilian casualties.

But a later update said: "At 0900 hrs International Media reported that US airstrike had killed 60 civilians in Kunduz. The media are reporting that Taliban did steal the trucks and had invited civilians in the area to take fuel."

Drone crashes targeted for aircraft parts

When unmanned aircraft crash in Afghanistan, scavenger hunters frequently aren't far behind, U.S. military incident reports suggest.

On several occasions, military units sent to recover Tactical Unmanned Aerial Vehicles arrived to find the aircraft stripped of valuable parts - including key electronic components.

Successes and failures on the battlefront

The training of and handing over of security responsibilities to the Afghan police and military forces have been central components of U.S. strategy during the last two administrations. Among the tens of thousands of documents published by WikiLeaks are a series of reports on the Afghan National Army and Afghan National Police.

The reports chronicle successes and failures of both agencies from 2004-2009. Both agencies have had failures, but a preliminary review of the documents suggests that the police has more problems than the army.

soundoff (188 Responses)
  1. AntiWar

    This WAR has been controversial since beginning. NO MATTER WHAT WE DO, THIS IS A FAILING CRIPPLED WAR.
    No matter how much unemployment rate go high, WAR will be funded till we declare bankruptcy.

    July 28, 2010 at 11:26 am | Report abuse |
    • Eric P

      Prolonged military engagements never succeed. The war in Afghanistan, and DEFINITELY Iraq, were both farces. We have attained no significant strategic advantage, and if nothing else, has clearly empowered and strengthened the will of both the Taliban and al-Qaeda. It's also decimated the American military and created a generation of psychologically and physically scarred people from both sides who are more likely than not going to end up being a bigger burden on the system than they will alleviating it. It's one of the biggest mistakes and saddest spectacles in modern history. I really think America is just too stubborn to admit when it's been beat. There is no military solution to terrorism.

      July 28, 2010 at 11:39 am | Report abuse |
    • we342

      When is the last time you saw a terrorist attack in the U.S. Its not as simple as " Oh too many people are dying lets leave." We haven't found Bin Laden and heck we don't even know if he is alive. The point is that the war is interrupting Al Qaeda and Taliban operations keeping them at bay, keeping us safe to live our every day lives. So stop spreading that crap about a failing war. We can't afford to wait until the war comes to us. We have already seen the consequences.

      July 28, 2010 at 12:28 pm | Report abuse |
    • Chris

      So we fight a war without end, we342? That seems ridiculous too. How do we defeat an ideology? Can't be done with weapons.

      July 28, 2010 at 12:39 pm | Report abuse |
    • Bob

      Eric P
      You need to wake up and get your head out of your butt. Terriorism is a global threat, one that has been allowed to live on for far to long. Proir to Sept 11th we all had our heads in the sand thinking that nothing could ever happen to us. Now that the terriorist brought the war on themselves by attacking the World Trade Centers, you want us to continue to have our heads in the sand and turn our back once again?
      What do you think would happen if we brought all of our troops home today without finishing the fight that the terriorists started? I will tell you what will happen, they will bring the war to us and we will have another tragedy like Sept 11th. I don't agree with how the war is being handled. But I do know that we need to keep the war in Iraq and Afgan until it is finished.

      July 28, 2010 at 12:53 pm | Report abuse |
    • Whatabunch

      WE342 – You just keep thinking that way. What a bunch of crude.

      July 28, 2010 at 12:55 pm | Report abuse |
    • het4449

      chris: how do we defeat an ideology? In the muslim extremist case, you kill them all! THen there is no longer anyone spewing that ideology

      July 28, 2010 at 12:58 pm | Report abuse |
    • Harold Trainer, USAF RET

      The Afghan papers clearly show the huge mistakes we have made in Afghanistan. Perhaps even war crimes. This is embarassing to our military, allies and president.

      The government is saying that our national security has been violated by revealing classified information. The reality is that a large portion of classified information is designed to protect the military and our government from embarassment. The security classifications hide their mistakes and bad policies rather than protect our national security.

      The Afghan papers have appropriately embarassed our president, allies and government and will hopefully lead to the war's end sooner than later. This will be a good thing.

      July 28, 2010 at 1:14 pm | Report abuse |
    • Dirk Dank

      The military games in Arabic Sand-land are getting pointless and costing tons of money that could help better our homeland. We need to pull out. Let things run their course. Spy from satellites and unmanned planes. Send CIA secret agents in undercover to gather the intelligence. Strike with deadly force with missiles from ships or Europe. Let the head terrorists come out from underground caves and bomb them.. Rather than spend huge money on boat loads of troops and loss of American life spend it on ways that operate in secret. Focus on undercover activities that prevent activities here home. If you have children and you are in favor of the present actions- I hope your child goes.

      July 28, 2010 at 1:17 pm | Report abuse |
    • jmac

      As someone who has personaly served in Iraq i say you're wrong and so is eric p you both may not see it but we have done wonders in iraq the iraqi people are no longer afraid, they have taken back there country with our help. Everything requires time and Afghan was forgotten about for some time due to Iraq but now we have our focus back and with time we will prevail there as well.

      July 28, 2010 at 1:21 pm | Report abuse |
    • Wendy

      Yes because you know what is best because you are the smartest and brightest out there. Without you, we are all doomed.

      July 28, 2010 at 1:23 pm | Report abuse |
    • Bob

      Dirk- you don't think it costs money to build and operate satellites and UAVs?

      July 28, 2010 at 1:23 pm | Report abuse |
    • bryan

      we need to keep fighting, its too late to turn back now, we're closer to the finish line than the start of the war. the taliban and al queda have limited resources too. It wouldn't bother me if it goes on for another 7 years. I support the effort.

      July 28, 2010 at 1:25 pm | Report abuse |
    • Wx guesser

      Obviously none of you have read Sun Tzu or understand military history. We have essentially won in Iraq. Afghanistan was mismanaged for the longest time, as long as politics isn't tying the hands of the military to find suitable battle plan that works, they will find a way to win. You also don't understand how our enemy thinks. They hate us, our way of living our freedoms etc. They feel only their extreme beliefs are correct and are not tolerant of any others. By tolerant I mean they will kill you if you don't believe what they do. It is essential for us to fight this evil, It is important for us to fight this intolerance, we will succeed.

      July 28, 2010 at 1:26 pm | Report abuse |
    • Bill

      @het4449 – Really? Kill them all? And tell me, are we going to do it in the name of Christianity too?

      July 28, 2010 at 1:26 pm | Report abuse |
    • Josh

      @BOB We had been attacked by terrorists on several occasions before 9/11, calm down.

      July 28, 2010 at 1:28 pm | Report abuse |
    • Ted

      Eric P, you are arriving at conclusions without either all of the pertinent information, or a disregard of the facts. The American soldier will not be a burden to society in the future. The reality is that due to the sacrifices of the American soldier, you are able to express yourself in a free society. This is a highly complex situation that does not afford instantaneous success, but the continued presence of the American soldier in harms way enables over 300 million Americans to live in a free society, without a daily fear of terroristic activity.

      July 28, 2010 at 1:33 pm | Report abuse |
    • Antifool

      Just remember, we got into this mess because god came to bush and told him we needed to do this. It's not the fault of bush, it's the fault of god.

      July 28, 2010 at 1:37 pm | Report abuse |
    • Codifex Maximus

      Well, it's been going on since the Crusades. Nobody ever learns.

      July 28, 2010 at 1:37 pm | Report abuse |
    • guest

      This isn't news.... This is the journal of an armed conflict, how the military does business is not for everyone, if it was the military wouldn't need recruiters. Regarding "DUSTWUN"... Why is this news? I'm comforted to know that our military will have "All assets [will be] focused on the DUSTWUN [duty status - whereabouts unknown] situation and sustainment operations," to find a missing soldier. This is a waste of bandwidth....

      July 28, 2010 at 1:40 pm | Report abuse |
    • Codifex Maximus

      JMac, you army types are just doing your job God Bless You.
      Bryan, where are the WMD's? Where is Bin Laden? Does anybody care? Where did all that money go?

      Well, at least the Middle East will be stable; our economy has gone to hell.

      July 28, 2010 at 1:43 pm | Report abuse |
    • prayerman

      It's always interesting to me how lots of people say using weapons to fight terrorists won't work, but never offer any other solutions to the problem. I guess the US should just stop fighting and let the terrorists come over here and bomb our country and take it over while we serve them coffee and donuts in the name of peace.

      July 28, 2010 at 1:44 pm | Report abuse |
    • BG

      Couldn't agree with het4449 more....Kill em all...remove the threat.

      July 28, 2010 at 1:56 pm | Report abuse |
    • jomo

      I am from the Vietnam Era and it still the same!!! WAR IS HELL!! When some idiot leaks (HA HA) information that can hurt American troops they should be prosecuted!!! If you don't want to go fight in the war then don't put our troops in harms way by information that should have remained CLASSIFIED!!! Our troops are on the GROUND fighting and they need our SUPPORT!!!- They have families just like the guy that leaked the information and I bet he would not put his family member in that situation (for profit)!!!!!!!!

      July 28, 2010 at 2:13 pm | Report abuse |
    • Nigerian Man

      United States needs to focus more on economy and how its people are doing than wasting the life of there soldiers for war .. those soldiers could do a more better help than war !!!! Soldiers went to Haiti to help Earth Quake people but they went with heavy machine guns ! can U imagine ?

      July 28, 2010 at 4:17 pm | Report abuse |
    • we342

      The end to this war isn't anywhere in sight. It could drag on for decades. We can't just decide to leave. If we did, we might save thousands of our soldiers today, but think of the millions of innocent people that would die if Al Qaeda and other groups could have a harboring nation and free reign to do whatever they want. we can't fight the afghan people because we'll end up doing the same thing the Russians did. We have to convince them that we can protect them from the Taliban and the terrorists. They don't hate us because of what they think, many of them are kidnapped, brainwashed or scared into joining the terrorists, and the average people do not want our help because whoever contacts the Americans is a dead man. We have to fight this war and we have to protect our country as well as the general afghan populous so that the terrorists lose their influence, their grip of fear.

      July 28, 2010 at 4:52 pm | Report abuse |
    • Enoch

      This will never make it on the site: Has anybody stopped to think about the money CNN has been making off this war? I'm willing to bet it's more than enough to qualify as incentive for prolonged conflict, both foreign and domestic. CNN's logo should be a huge cow with Osama bin Laden's face and hundred dollar bills shooting out its butt. It's all smoke and mirrors...and packaging (Afghanistan Crossroads)...and getting viewers to do their jobs ("Calling all iReporters ! Do you have any idea what these weird sheets of paper mean? Send us your content or–even better–send us a picture of what it means. Do it soon because we've been staring at them for so long, we're not totally sure if they're, like, for-real!")

      July 28, 2010 at 6:36 pm | Report abuse |
    • Big G

      The person or persons invoved in leaking classified information should be tried for treason. If thoses involved are found guilty they should be shot. God bless America

      July 28, 2010 at 8:52 pm | Report abuse |
  2. URight

    Mr. AntiWar: you are damn right.

    July 28, 2010 at 11:29 am | Report abuse |
  3. Patrick00001

    I bet GWB is kicking back right now thinking..."Thank god wikileaks.org didnt surface when i was in office. good luck Barack."

    July 28, 2010 at 11:48 am | Report abuse |
    • AWi

      Well... there was that little thing about Abu Ghraib prison abuses during Bush's term.

      July 28, 2010 at 7:56 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Dell Bayer

    "One of the military reports takes a look at how the U.S. military responded to a specific incident when an Army officer went missing from his base in Afghanistan. When U.S. Army Pfc. Bowe Bergdahl..." Since when is a PFC an "army officer" ???

    July 28, 2010 at 11:48 am | Report abuse |
    • Wendy

      There was a link to the Army Officer article THEN it goes on to talk about the missing PFC...I had to read it twice to get the gist.

      July 28, 2010 at 1:24 pm | Report abuse |
    • jpain

      Thanks Dell. CNN, if you want to even appear to be doing "due diligence" in your reporting on this, please at least learn military rank structure. This isn't to say a missing PFC is not as important as a missing officer (they are equally important), it just shows that you aren't checking your own work.

      July 28, 2010 at 1:26 pm | Report abuse |
    • Patrick

      I was just looking to see if anyone else caught it... 🙂 I even opened their link to see if they were quoting something. Nope... CNN failed...

      July 28, 2010 at 2:34 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Mike Hawk

    The US Military is the strongest, most powerful force in the world and will never fail in any endeavor. Internal politics and the media's influence on the misinformed are our only weaknesses.

    July 28, 2010 at 11:53 am | Report abuse |
    • Andy


      July 28, 2010 at 12:04 pm | Report abuse |
    • Bill

      How can you honestly be a student of US military history and say that.

      July 28, 2010 at 12:39 pm | Report abuse |
    • tonyb

      Nonsense. The US Military fails often. Not because it is not well trained or equipped, but because it is mis-used and by and large is led by some of the worst general officers in American history. Afghanistan and Iraq both look to be impending failures. What does a "win" in Afghanistan actually look like?

      July 28, 2010 at 12:45 pm | Report abuse |
    • AntiWar

      Military is definitely the strongest but people who control military are definitely not RIGHT.

      July 28, 2010 at 12:47 pm | Report abuse |
    • chris

      Vietnam... was a military action not a war.... the reality is he is right we at the moment and in recent history are not in danger of losing a conventional war.... the issue is the state creation process... the molding a society into a functioning democratic country we can count on in the future... very often people seem to mistake military victory with completing the full mission... reality is we kicked the crap out of the Iraqi and Taliban forces and we did the same in Vietnam.... the issue is that you can not just roll in and destroy a country and simply leave

      July 28, 2010 at 12:58 pm | Report abuse |
    • Yondaime

      I cant count Vietnam as a lost war considering we could have just blown up the whole country but we decided not to. We decided to stop that is not the same thing as losing.

      July 28, 2010 at 12:58 pm | Report abuse |
    • Jason B.

      Really? I forget...did we win the Korean War? How about Vietnam?

      July 28, 2010 at 1:00 pm | Report abuse |
    • Redneck

      AMERICA KICKS BUTT OVER ALL THE WORLD! YEAA!! Please....this war was invented, and innocent people are dying. America is a great country, but we can't ignore what we're doing over there. It's a mistake we're there...and now we're stuck there.

      July 28, 2010 at 1:00 pm | Report abuse |
    • Richard

      You mean like we suceeded in Vietnam? Former special forces wounded in combat

      July 28, 2010 at 1:06 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Mark

    Mike, when was the last the U.S actually won a war – not a battle – a war?

    July 28, 2010 at 12:06 pm | Report abuse |
    • Josh

      The Gulf War my friend!

      July 28, 2010 at 12:56 pm | Report abuse |
    • Jinxgt

      1991...the Cold War

      July 28, 2010 at 12:57 pm | Report abuse |
    • chris

      wow that made you look pretty stupid no ? and once again winning a war and completing your desire to reshape the society into a functioning one are different things. the US military is by far the best in the world. simple fact. whether the strategy of rebuilding is worth the effort I am not sure. oh we also pushed hte north koreans out of south korea and saved the western world in WW2 .

      July 28, 2010 at 1:02 pm | Report abuse |
    • cedarrapids

      'and saved the western world in WW2'
      Correction, HELPED save the western world. Others were fighting for 2 years before the US got involved.

      July 28, 2010 at 1:28 pm | Report abuse |
    • Bill

      How do you define "winning" a war? If you define it as the enemy surrendering to us.. then that would have to be Iraq... when the entire Iraqi military fell to pieces, and Sadam Hussein was captured, and the entire government was reorganized. If you mean "formally surrendering", well, then... that would have to be World War II.

      If you expect to ever see a "surrender" again, you're crazy. Terrorist organizations will never "surrender" to us.. the only way that will effectively occur is if the entire organization is either captured or killed. Good luck with that – because as we capture or kill a terrorist, 2 more step in to take his place.

      July 28, 2010 at 1:34 pm | Report abuse |
  7. bendystraw

    CNN wading through the details to try and prove it's all no embarrassment for CNN's limp reporting of the war. Can't get around the real story from this though can you though?

    July 28, 2010 at 12:15 pm | Report abuse |
  8. NoName

    It gives true meaning to the role of our military to protect our country from our enemies,both foreign and domestic. Domestic enemies seem to to be the biggest threat to our security. If no one is held accountable for this obvious act of treason, then Obama removes all doubt his stance on how he views the soveignty of our nation. No doubt whatsoever

    July 28, 2010 at 12:18 pm | Report abuse |
    • ashamed

      Yeah we should hold our domestic enemies accountable, let's start with BP, move on to Halliburton, Black water, and the rest of the war contractors robbing us blind.

      And let us celebrate those who are bringing us a more transparent government and war. Thank You Jullian.

      July 28, 2010 at 12:44 pm | Report abuse |
    • curious steve

      i smell the stench of warm liquid crawling down your legs.

      July 28, 2010 at 1:03 pm | Report abuse |
    • Wendy

      wow "ashamed" you would believe anything wouldnt you? I think Kraft rolled a huge profit, maybe we should put them on trial too....do you drive an electric car? Do you grow your own food? Make your own clothes? You are just as responsible for BP as BP is....they are there becase of YOUR NEEDS and WANTS.

      July 28, 2010 at 1:28 pm | Report abuse |
  9. andy

    Main stream media will step up reports on war in the next few months to make the wiki leaks report look like old news.

    I also believe that this leak pushed through the additional afghan troop build up. We will see some kind of strike on Iran by the end of August. I hope i'm wrong

    July 28, 2010 at 12:22 pm | Report abuse |
    • curious steve

      trying to outdo hitler?

      July 28, 2010 at 1:06 pm | Report abuse |
  10. GypsyKingAdventures

    Here's what I've learned: We shouldn't be over there and we are getting our asses kicked all day everyday and the only reason we haven't admitted we can't win this war is because nobody has the cajones to tell all the parents, wives, sons, daughters that their loved one was killed for absolutely no reason other than a politician's psychosis and delusional tendencies leading GW to believe he actually talks to figments of his imagination. i.e., God.
    So we will go on and on refusing to admit we were wrong to go there and we're wrong to stay there one more minute while more people die, all the while knowing we will eventually leave with our tail between our legs.

    July 28, 2010 at 12:26 pm | Report abuse |
    • Papa Mike

      First off dude, are you in country? Did you serve in Iraq or Afghan? Judging by your post, I'm thinking NO. 'Getting our @sses kicked all day everyday'? If that were true Einstein, don't you think our kia's would be a helluva lot more than they are. During my 3 tours, our kia ratio was about 15 or 20 to 1, so your comments are way off base. You need to stop taking things you read in a freaking paper and making it your words to live by. Even if outnumbered during an engagement, airstrikes or artillery or others are but a call away. The ONLY thing keeping us from wiping those sob's out is our ROE.

      July 28, 2010 at 1:07 pm | Report abuse |
    • Richard

      I coundn't say it any better.

      July 28, 2010 at 1:14 pm | Report abuse |
    • protect the USA

      Why don't we have our troop come home and protect the USA, if it is on the street corner, bus station,airports,train stations and etc. If they wanted to do something else to the USA don't you think they could already, I think some were born and raised here so, they are U.S. citizen. Explain why are we over there fight a war, instead of protecting the USA in the USA. They might be looking in the wrong place for Bin, as for as they know he could be in the USA. People that are not a usa citizen get in here everyday.

      July 28, 2010 at 1:19 pm | Report abuse |
    • Wendy

      US Troops cannot stand on your street corners and keep you safe...they are Federal Troops and unless Martial Law is declared, Federal Troops cannot roll into a State and protect you....This was brought up during Katrina....there are quite a few people here that need to go back and review Civics from High School....It may have been a while, but the answers are all right there.

      July 28, 2010 at 1:31 pm | Report abuse |

      Hey PAPA Mike I hope we send your sorry ass back out there so you can catch a bullet. The only reason we can't win is because of our ROE please, you blood thirsty asswhole.

      July 28, 2010 at 2:33 pm | Report abuse |
    • BG

      NWOKILLA - WOW....you're the only one that sounds blood thirsty here. And Pap Mike....if you are sent back, it's will be a safer day for all of us knowing we have good men like you out there for us.

      Papa Mike – thank you for your service. Me and my family can't thank our troops enough.

      NWOKILLA – you are one of the internal enemies that should be removed.

      July 28, 2010 at 2:52 pm | Report abuse |
  11. John

    Why doesn't the millitary hack the Wikileak website and destroy all the info they have.

    July 28, 2010 at 12:31 pm | Report abuse |
    • informed

      I've wondered that myself! First amendment? It's a good question why it's still there..... Honestly...it's never smelled right.

      July 28, 2010 at 1:05 pm | Report abuse |
  12. ashamed

    This is truly shameful reporting. Other news agencies are reporting on the real revelations of this leak, like pakistani security and taliban holding meetings to plan attacks against us. Multiple accounts of potential war crimes are coming out, and CNN gives us this pathetic reporting. OMGZ the troops are so good hearted to stop and look for a fellow soldier, thanks CNN. What a useless peice of corporate trash CNN has become

    July 28, 2010 at 12:34 pm | Report abuse |
    • Oakton Tommy

      Yes, CNN is anti-American.

      July 28, 2010 at 12:37 pm | Report abuse |
    • Snacula

      CNN banned me because I voiced my opinions against our government on their site. It did not even have curse words in it, nor spoke of an overthrow. It's obvious that our government controls the media as well. In fact, one of their steps towards dictating to us what we see and hear from the media was to get rid of analog television. Think of all the folks in the booney's or can't afford to buy a new TV or subscribe to monopoly cable companies– they are stuck with nothing. Which may not be bad, because we're stuck with what they want us to see and hear, and most of the time is a far cry from the real truth. Good example of this is the farm speech lady who was setup last week.

      July 29, 2010 at 9:09 am | Report abuse |
  13. Oakton Tommy

    Julian Assange, not the U.S. military, is guilty of murder. He is not only hurting the U.S. but almost certainly causing the deaths of Afghans. So I guess he does believe in killing people to reach his end.

    July 28, 2010 at 12:36 pm | Report abuse |
    • Will

      He should be tried for aiding the enemy and shot.

      July 28, 2010 at 12:37 pm | Report abuse |
    • ashamed

      How did this leak cause anyone to die? How can Jullian be held responsible for the military killing people, and the military who actually, you know, killed the people, not be held responsible? How can you people be so insane?

      July 28, 2010 at 12:41 pm | Report abuse |
    • SoCalDave727

      You are both brain-dead from watching to much Fox News.

      July 28, 2010 at 12:43 pm | Report abuse |
    • Bill

      Do tell me how after action reports from 2005-7 months ago are killing US soldiers.

      July 28, 2010 at 12:44 pm | Report abuse |
  14. Will

    WikiLeaks WikiLeaks WikiLeaks WikiLeaks WikiLeaks WikiLeaks WikiLeaks WikiLeaks WikiLeaks WikiLeaks WikiLeaks WikiLeaks look at me I sound like a Beltway Insider(tm)!! Just like the dumb*$&@ Communist traitor who wrote this article!

    July 28, 2010 at 12:37 pm | Report abuse |
    • realistic85

      What??? You are an angry dumb person are you... How is the author a communist for writing this article. I'll tell you what, if you feel so strongly about it, why don't you inlist and go over and start fighting. Otherwise, you are just whining and crying. What a dumba$$...

      July 28, 2010 at 12:54 pm | Report abuse |
  15. andy

    I agree with ashamed!

    You have to go to other news sites to get news these days. i rely on local news from specific regions of the world. Thank you internet!

    any opinions on http://www.rt.com ?

    July 28, 2010 at 12:37 pm | Report abuse |
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