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. duke

    This is why I feel uneasy and nervous whenever I see white people!

    October 22, 2010 at 8:47 pm | Report abuse |
  2. hoss

    Duke your a racist moron

    October 22, 2010 at 9:25 pm | Report abuse |
  3. duke

    Why am I a racist for speaking the truth of how I feel??
    I guess only juan and uncle thomas have the right as black people to speak to how they feel!

    October 22, 2010 at 9:29 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Mehdi General Dr Bad

    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 | Reply

    October 22, 2010 at 9:31 pm | Report abuse |
    • Astarte

      Dr Bad....I know where she is...but has asked me to keep it a secret for now...she wants to see you

      October 23, 2010 at 6:52 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Jeff

    All is fair in Love and War. The only crime in war is losing. We should be giving the people of Iraq and Afganistan blankets. Blankets with small pox........

    October 22, 2010 at 9:36 pm | Report abuse |
  6. U.S. Major Captain John Smith

    Think about how difficult it would be to kill someone. Murder is sin. It is the worst sin punishable by an eternity in a lake of fire.
    You take an oath to defend your country and suddenly you kill at will if rules of engagement are meet.
    Now it gets even harsher. You ask people to identify those who should be captured or killed. Then you identify who has been doing all the identifying.
    This is very dicouraging news if you are trying to find more bad guys to kill.

    October 22, 2010 at 10:09 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Mehdi General Dr Bad

    notice how these rude pig fukers ignore what i say or ask?

    October 22, 2010 at 10:15 pm | Report abuse |
    • Astarte

      Dr Bad....I know where she is...but has asked me to keep it a secret for now...she wants to see you as soon as possible

      October 23, 2010 at 6:53 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Mehdi General Dr Bad

    notice no matter what anyone say or does they go right on oblivious.
    make excuses.
    notice i did give them every chance.
    notice words are waste of time.
    notice they dont speka even simple english.

    October 22, 2010 at 10:17 pm | Report abuse |
  9. hoss

    Duke you racist moron

    October 22, 2010 at 10:26 pm | Report abuse |
  10. duke

    You already told me what I am(even though you don't know)
    Now water the tree of liberty and come get me because I exercised my right's without the massa's permission.
    I get uneasy and nervous whenever I see white men in suits and ties!

    October 22, 2010 at 10:32 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Gilbert

    Wiki Leaks again?? So who was tortured anyway. If it was the enemy, so??

    October 22, 2010 at 10:43 pm | Report abuse |
  12. Jim Brieske

    duke. Those are lawyers. Everyone gets nervous when they see them.

    October 22, 2010 at 11:24 pm | Report abuse |
  13. hoss

    Well when you make general comments about a race you become a racist.

    October 22, 2010 at 11:52 pm | Report abuse |
  14. duke

    Like juan did about muslims??

    October 23, 2010 at 12:39 am | Report abuse |
  15. WhiteKong78

    Yay! More race injected where it doesn't need to be! No wonder nothing ever gets done in this country. I say the sane people should throw all the uneducated crazies on an island and see if they can build a thriving society. It could be a centuries long reality show that provides entertainment for the rest of humanity. The dummies of society have been enjoying the fruits of everyone else's labor for a very long time. Its time they repaid the favor by providing entertainment for us. @ Dr Bad. Your nurse is staying at a Jersey Shore beach house.

    October 23, 2010 at 12:45 am | Report abuse |
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