Hello all, Gavin McFadyen from London sent me the following, says our server is blocking his messages:
"Yes, its true the original materials from Afghanistan were incompletely redacted by WikiLeaks. That lesson was clearly learned in the subsequent and vast release of the Iraq war logs by the NYT, the Guardian, Der Spieigel and the Bureau of Investigative Journalism & Channel 4 in the UK. That criticism resulted in what to anyone is a vast redaction -so the criticism was apparently taken seriously and appears successful. It was they argued the first time researchers had encountered such an extensive and difficult trove of documents in often difficult military language. It's their importance, however, which seems oddly unrepresented in the criticism. The documents reveal that contrary to government assertions, the killing and maiming civilians was in the tens of thousands, which includes the nauseating torture by our trainees and allies - US troops reporting the use of electric drills on children.
A llttle perspective may be in order here. Though not one person has been injured or killed as a result of the Afghanistan documents, the release of them with insufficient redaction was lamentable and has not been repeated. But surely the factual reporting of major undisputed abuses and crimes, including the shooting of innocents, the torture and killing of prisoners, and the machine gunning of journalists has some value to investigative reporters and to a society that values transparency and accountability.
"The view that there is no difference between personal data, like between you and your doctor, and information about mass killing of civilians, handing over prisoners to be tortured, is disturbing. Where is the perspective? Or is it a reflect to always support the military no matter what...?"
Best to all,
Mark Lee Hunter
Adjunct Professor and Senior Research Fellow, INSEAD
Docteur en Sciences de l'Information de l'Université de Paris 2
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