'Decrypt' online games on Iraq war

15:39, October 28, 2010      

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A special committee set up by the Iraq government lately has begun to investigate into Iraq prison abuse scandals exposed on WikiLeaks, and the website WikiLeaks released nearly 400,000 secret Iraq War documents on Oct. 22. The Iraqi prime minister's office cited the move as" driven by political motives of the media game" on the next day.

The private website WikiLeaks, acting through several news organizations it selected, released a massive batch of classified Iraq war-related documents, and the Pentagon protested the released the documents, which, it noted however, contained no new revelations.

Interpretation by Iraq is naturally related to the nation's own point of view. But in its response to the website "WikiLeaks" in the recent stormy disclosure, the United States noted that the "political motivation" and "media games" are two compelling or intriguing key points.

Ever since the "WikiLeaks" on Monday, July 25 published nearly 77,000 secrete U.S. military and intelligence documents that reveal new details about the war in Afghanistan from its eruption in 2001, the website has been subjected to a close watch by the U.S. government. Around the time for disclosure of the Iraq-war related documents, the U.S. government and U.S. media, via working in close cooperation and coordination, have staged a trilogy gradually "in every possible plugging way to divert attention" with a "fading or weakening" disposal.

Upon learning that website "WikiLeaks" is about to release the new "blockbuster", the Pentagon has asked U.S. media not to publish any of these documents. At the same time, the Pentagon set up a special team to read and delve into the contents of the documents released lately, analyze possible risks from the disclosure and to seek or work out new countermeasures.

In view of secrete documents the website WikiLeaks has been provided to numerous media agencies around the world, it is clearly not feasible for a through, complete blockade. Although the size in the latest disclosure of documents on the Iraq war is several times the total amount of the Afghanistan war-related documents released previously, the size of U.S. media reportage on the documents, however, has shrunk as compared to July this year and, frankly, the contents published on U.S. press media has also gone through meticulous editing.

According to these documents, the civilian death toll in the Iraq war is greater than U.S. official estimates. During the period covered by these documents, the war claimed a secret death toll of 285,000 Iraqis, which is composed of 66,081 "civilians". There have been frequent occurrence of incidents, in which U.S. troops killed innocent civilians. U.S. media coverage, however, attributes casualties mainly to clashes between Shiites and Sunnis rather than actions of the U.S.-led coalition forces. U.S. media also report that the related documents indicate Iran as a "black hand" behind the war in Iraq.

In drastic contrast to this, the documents have also disclosed that civilians had been killed by U.S. soldiers working or patrolling at checkpoints around Iraq, or by fires from helicopters hovering overhead, while the use of torture, abuses, etc. were much played down.

The Pentagon has repeatedly asked the website WikiLeaks to hand back files, saying the disclosure has put the lives of soldiers and civilians at risk. While leveling forceful criticism out at its founder Julian Assange, the Pentagon also said these documents did not change the U.S. military findings about the matter. A leading influential U.S. newspaper followed up closely and claimed that they were no secrete files, and those documents disclosed was only the "old news". At the same time, the newspaper again criticized WikiLeaks Founder Julian Assange and Daniel Ellsberg for their "recklessness" and "political motivation".

To date, there are still a lot of unknown secrets in the Iraq war. Owing to the domination of a truculent unilateralism by the former U.S. administration, the war in Iraq was has been permeated with a strong political overtone under the banner of "patriotism", and those American media workers with the courage to report on the truth about the wars have been dismissed one after another. So, the so-called free press has been a pure joke. Media games in the U.S. today cannot conceal a "political motivation", and this is nothing but a verified, indisputable truth.

Contributed by People's Daily Online and its author is PD resident reporter in U.S. Wen Xian

(Editor:张心意)

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