WikiLeaks Publishes Video of U.S. Military Killing 12 in Iraq

WikiLeaks, publisher of leaked government and corporate documents, this morning posted a video of US Military members killing 12 people in Iraq.

WikiLeaks has published the video along with written commentary at a site called “Collateral Murder”:

5th April 2010 10:44 EST WikiLeaks has released a classified US military video depicting the indiscriminate slaying of over a dozen people in the Iraqi suburb of New Baghdad — including two Reuters news staff.

Reuters has been trying to obtain the video through the Freedom of Information Act, without success since the time of the attack. The video, shot from an Apache helicopter gun-site, clearly shows the unprovoked slaying of a wounded Reuters employee and his rescuers. Two young children involved in the rescue were also seriously wounded.

In late March, WikiLeaks published an editorial calling for intelligence agencies to ease “excessive” interest in the organization. WikiLeaks said part of the reason for continued interest on the part of intelligence agencies was its possession of this video.

UPDATE: The Associated Press has confirmed the video’s authenticity with a senior U.S. military official:

The official confirmed that the video posted Monday at was of a July 12, 2007, firefight in the New Baghdad District of eastern Baghdad. The official spoke on condition of anonymity because the video and a Pentagon investigation have never been released.

Among those believed to be killed in the attack was Reuters photographer Namir Noor-Eldeen and his driver. Two children also were wounded.

Embed after the jump. Warning: It is extremely graphic.