October 25th, 2010
01:45 PM ET

WikiLeaks, what's happened since Friday

If you missed the big WikiLeaks story that broke late Friday and continued through the weekend, here's a wrap-up:

Around 5 p.m. ET Friday, the controversial whistle-blower, famed for its July release of thousands of secret Afghanistan war documents, published nearly 400,000 secret documents about the Iraq war.

Some Iraqis said the timing of the leak was political, while others said the information was not surprising and its publication could cause even more tension in the country than already exists.

WikiLeaks enigmatic director Julian Assange, whose critics have said has become the central focus of the story, got upset over a few questions CNN asked him and walked out of a CNN interview on Friday. The New York Times profiled him on Sunday.

Assange insisted that the content of the leak should be the sole focus of any story, and stressed that the documents revealed that there were thousands more innocent Iraqis killed than previously thought. Human Rights Watch called for an investigation.

At about the same time Friday that WikiLeaks published the documents, the New York Times, England's Guardian newspaper and Germany's Der Spiegel published their own reports. The news outlets had early access to the material.

The Times focused on Iran's involvement in the war and civilian deaths. The Guardian reported about the "mistreatment of helpless prisoners by Iraqi security forces included beatings, electrocution and rape." Der Spiegel's elaborate interactive "The Atlas of Horror" explained much of the 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 hosted a live blog to get reaction after the leak, but the long-term fallout from it remains to be seen.

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  1. Gilbert

    I agree with Mary Adkins.

    October 25, 2010 at 10:27 pm | Report abuse |
  2. phil

    @Bob, Cindy, etc....You folks didn't know that CNN is N. Korea's presidents fav channel? Really, it's his favorite news source. Nice reading your posts though. Ya'll come back now, hear? (Jed Clampett)

    October 25, 2010 at 10:47 pm | Report abuse |
  3. You dillholes

    Get real!! Your all full of crap. The person who leaked that info needs shot. Thats the need to know basis. The public didnt need to know. People die in wars, it happens. Aint war hell??

    October 25, 2010 at 11:51 pm | Report abuse |
  4. answerman

    > The person who leaked that info needs shot.

    How do I shot web?

    October 26, 2010 at 12:51 am | Report abuse |
  5. Stephen

    Wow. The interviewer is so rude. I think what Julian did during the interview was the right thing to do.

    October 26, 2010 at 1:01 am | Report abuse |
  6. Jim Brieske

    To CNN. I have a perfect comment regarding this subject. No words that would cause censorship. I have tried 10 times to post it. I even went and posted on the missing girl topic and it worked.
    Let me post my comment or I will take that as a sign of war!
    I will try again tomorrow.

    October 26, 2010 at 1:01 am | Report abuse |
  7. Mj

    So in light of this interview I should just care about Atika personal life, or if it was raining during this interview, or my cat issues, right? irrelevant...CNN, grow up.

    October 26, 2010 at 1:23 am | Report abuse |
  8. Zero

    That's some fine tabloid journalism CNN, I didn't know you guys were taking pages from TMZ!

    October 26, 2010 at 9:16 am | Report abuse |
  9. Gavin

    Your treatment of Assange was reprehensible. He's doing your work, you could have at least asked him some serious and grown-up questions about it, and perhaps used the opportunity to explain why you aren't interested in journalism any more.

    October 26, 2010 at 12:30 pm | Report abuse |
    • Yasmin E

      Thank you for your comment, makes you wonder why the Media isn't taking a stand on this one!

      November 4, 2010 at 8:01 am | Report abuse |
  10. Yasmin E

    Why is Wikileaks a problem? What happened to the Freedom of Information Act signed by the President May 2010? It's incredible to watch how the messenger has become the target for exposing atrocities that occurred during the Bush Era. President Obama inherited this mess but the American public still has the right to know what happened, the abuses caused by specific armed forces and the current status of this war. Unbelievable that Julian Assange is being maligned before the entire world in an attempt to distract from and discredit the exposed information. We're smarter than that and our voices of support for organizations such WikiLeaks lives on.

    November 4, 2010 at 7:58 am | Report abuse |
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