Saturday, August 3, 2013

Politifact Rating "Half True": Wikileaks founder Julian Assange tells Colbert permission to engage was given before the word RPG was ever used

In an April 12, 2010, interview on The Colbert Report, one of the WikiLeaks founders was pressed to explain why "Collateral Murder" was an accurate title for a leaked military video of a 3-year-old deadly encounter between a U.S. Apache helicopter gun crew and a cluster of men on a Baghdad street corner, two of whom were journalists for Reuters.

Host Stephen Colbert called the title "emotional manipulation." He noted that while soldiers in the Apache did mistake cameras with long telephoto lenses slung over the shoulders of the two journalists for weapons, there were, in fact, two other men in the group with weapons.

"How can you call it 'Collateral Murder?' " Colbert asked guest Julian Assange of Wikileaks, referring to the controversial and widely-viewed video.

"So it appears there are possibly two men, one carrying an AK-47 and one carrying a rocket-propelled grenade -- although we're not 100 percent sure of that -- in the crowd," Assange answered. 

More at link above but I have to say, now that we have Assange admitting that in this crowd of 11 men, there are folks with automatic weapons and with RPGs (Rocket Propelled Grenades) is this an instance of US military "firing on civilians". 

I think we can say with certainty that it isn't. And since this video was used by Manning to justify his leaking of all of his videos and documents to Wikileaks, what does that say for this justification?