October 22nd, 2010
05:27 PM ET

Reports: Secret Iraq docs reveal 'war crimes'

The New York Times, the British newspaper The Guardian and Germany's Der Spiegel have published what they say are secret documents about the Iraq war.

The whistleblower Web site WikiLeaks published Friday classified military documents from Iraq war. The release includes nearly 400,000 documents.

CNN was offered access to the documents in advance of the release but declined because of conditions that were attached to accepting the material.

The Guardian reports that the documents outline "torture, summary executions and war crimes."  The New York Times reports on Iran's alleged involvement in the war, in addition to several other angles. Der Spiegel introduces its report with this: "The field reports from soldiers cast a new light on the war - documenting in a unique way how the highly armed American military was helpless in the conflict for years."

A group of 120 Department of Defense experts has been poring over hundreds of thousands of "Significant Action Reports" that they expected to be posted to the WikiLeaks site. But even though the classified documents contain the names of Iraqi civilians who have cooperated with the United States, the Defense Department has not warned those Iraqis that their names may soon be posted online.

"We don't want to start notifying people and then find out that their names aren't in any of these documents that are released," Col. David Lapan, a top Pentagon spokesman, said Friday. "Why put people through the trouble and the concern for no reason?" READ FULL COVERAGE OF THE UNFOLDING WIKILEAKS STORY

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  1. yukon don


    October 22, 2010 at 5:37 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Mehdi General Dr Bad

    they fired Juan valdez? becuse he dont like how muslims dress??

    some one asked where bush and chey are?
    king abdullah of jordans first strike was blocking my exile to Canada.
    his second strike was when he granted bush and his cronies exile from war crimes.
    how ever Jordan is now one of my countries. as well as Syria.
    you might try looking in egypt?

    October 22, 2010 at 5:43 pm | Report abuse |
    • ratkartz

      Juan Valdez is alive and well in Colombia, working for the FARC. He is not the, uh, Juan you are looking for.

      October 22, 2010 at 7:07 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Mehdi General Dr Bad

    Hey, Per Chance, Do YOU know where i could find Army Nurse Deborah Christine D'Angelo From New jersey?
    Is she Back there in Iraq?
    is she back there in Kuwait?
    is she back there in syria?
    is she back there in peshawar pakistan?
    is back un afghanistan??
    Did She Re Up?
    is she back in New Jersey?

    October 22, 2010 at 5:46 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Adrian Zupp

    I keep hearing that these leaks could endanger the troops. But aren't we intelligent enough to be told HOW it will do so (even without going into grand detail)? I suspect it's just a ruse - it smells like propaganda. You can also bet that at the bottom of all this is a lot of information that we, as citizens, SHOULD know. And maybe then WE could see that the troops really do need to be made safe by bringing them home.

    I invite you to read my blog post: THE MASS MURDERERS OF WASHINGTON D.C.:


    Take care,
    Adrian Zupp

    October 22, 2010 at 6:01 pm | Report abuse |
    • Carlos

      Hey, Adrian, everything for money, huh? Quit selling your crap mister.

      October 22, 2010 at 6:22 pm | Report abuse |
    • Cool Guy

      Good job Adrian. Keep up the good work.

      October 23, 2010 at 10:23 am | Report abuse |
  5. Murphy


    October 22, 2010 at 6:08 pm | Report abuse |
    • Fern

      ... but enough to comment?

      October 22, 2010 at 6:17 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Absaman

    All that matters..matters no more

    October 22, 2010 at 6:25 pm | Report abuse |
  7. John Eustor

    Again, the BUSH ADMINISTRATION and the SENATORS that voted YES to 2 unnecessary wars, should all be HELD ACCOUNTABLE for WARS CRIME COMMITTED as HITLER'S NAZIS were. For the murder of over 8000 coalition soldiers and over 1,000,000 dead Muslims. If this is not done, then the karmic backlash that is plaguing this country will continue to devour it.

    October 22, 2010 at 6:47 pm | Report abuse |
    • ratkartz

      Ohhhh karmic backlash!! Is that anything like karmic whiplash? Like when your karma runs over your dogma.

      October 22, 2010 at 7:04 pm | Report abuse |
    • Brianc

      Are you a hippie?

      October 22, 2010 at 7:09 pm | Report abuse |
    • thoughtdog

      Leave my dog's ma out of this!

      October 22, 2010 at 7:21 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Rickd

    I admire U.S. You guys are really the best of the human history, so powerfull, anybody has cojones to declare a war against americans.

    Call this faciscm, call this wherever you want. But I admire the power, the impositive e intimidative power. And the nation is great, NY is great, Virginia is great, California is great, McDonalds is great, Intel is great and Hollywood is great.

    People hate U.S. because their hate perfectness. Their hate superiority. But nobody want to work hard and up to US level.

    October 22, 2010 at 7:01 pm | Report abuse |
    • ratkartz

      And the karmic whiplash is great. Don't forget the greatness of karmic whiplash.

      October 22, 2010 at 7:05 pm | Report abuse |
    • camrto

      keep your eyes blinded and believe what we want you to believe, we are stronger, we got the hardest stick ever

      October 22, 2010 at 8:04 pm | Report abuse |
  9. ratkartz

    Just think, Assuage could have been a successful network hacker or even a legitimate sysad. But no, he had to go and expose wrongdoing. What has gotten into people these days?

    October 22, 2010 at 7:11 pm | Report abuse |
    • Aussie

      Where's the 'like' button?!

      October 22, 2010 at 7:45 pm | Report abuse |
  10. thoughtdog

    If this puts American and coalition troops in danger then, is a bad thing...If it exposes the Bush administrations lack of concern for our troops and the American people then, is good thing.
    American people in general do not support the administration that started the mess in Iraq, but we do wholeheartedly support our troops.
    When exposed the last administration should be held accountable....if abuses continue under the current administration then we need to support the legal issues. I believe that the American people in general would never support abuses by our, or any other troops. Americans as a society are a fair and law abiding people.
    We are not above the international laws set forth in the Geneva convention. When one society sets itself above the laws of the rest they deserve justice.
    Al Qaeda has chosen to create their own laws and therefore hold terrorist status in the eyes of the world. Joining the unlawful side makes you accountable for your actions and should be treated justly.
    Maybe if exposed to the American People, the people will take political action and bring our troops home. This will be the greatest so far for the current administration. I personally do not believe that Americans would have any other way.

    October 22, 2010 at 7:18 pm | Report abuse |
  11. duke

    Tell me how will you feel if you wake up one morning and saw,a big m16 nozzle at your jaw,feel like you wan disappear but you can't,because of police,me no trust Mr.law,Babylon will kill you for a straw.
    people of color will eventually figure out that we have a common enemy!

    October 22, 2010 at 7:30 pm | Report abuse |
    • Aussie

      People of color? The 60s called and want their racism back.

      October 22, 2010 at 7:46 pm | Report abuse |
    • Brianc

      I thought using the word "color" was politically incorrect?? Shame on you! It's a good thing you're not white or you would be a racist....

      October 23, 2010 at 1:27 am | Report abuse |
  12. duke


    October 22, 2010 at 7:34 pm | Report abuse |
  13. whocares

    I spent a year in iraq in the army. I don't care about these links. War brings out the best in some and the worst in others. Same goes for every other country in this world

    October 22, 2010 at 7:47 pm | Report abuse |
  14. duke

    That's right people of color,you know non caucasian!
    Blacks,latins,asians,middle easterners!
    We have one enemy!

    October 22, 2010 at 8:02 pm | Report abuse |
  15. duke

    I have 7 family members in the military and they all say the same thing "those white boy's are sick"they are the ones killing for fun and sick thrills,
    yeah every now and then you get a black or latin who want in on the fun but 99% of the time it's those sick azz white boy's!

    October 22, 2010 at 8:46 pm | Report abuse |
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