April 07, 2010

59 Seconds of Crucial Reuters "Murder" Video

Over at Wiki Leak they wanted to add "context" to the video of an alleged "murder" of two Reuters photographers by pointing them out over and over again to make it seem obvious that they were non-combatants. Well, here's some context they didn't want to give.

Clearly from the helicopter's point of view the camera lense appeared to be an RPG. Especially given that the guy with the RPG had just ducked behind the building only seconds before the photog appears pointing something -- his long lens -- at a Humvee.

The more I think about this the more likely it seems that the Reuters stringer was there to photograph an impending attack on the convoy which is just off screen in the video but which can be clearly seen on the film recovered from the Reuters camera.

Thanks to Ace Tomato for putting this together.

UPDATE: Also from the comments:

Julian Assange, a WikiLeaks editor, acknowledged to Fox News in an interview Tuesday evening that "it's likely some of the individuals seen in the video were carrying weapons."

Assange said his suspicions about the weapons were so strong that a draft version of the video they produced made specific reference to the AK-47s and RPGs. Ultimately, Assange said, WikiLeaks became "unsure" about the weapons. He claimed the RPG could have been a camera tripod, so editors decided not to point it out.

Remember, it's not the crime it's the cover up.

Thanks to RecklessImp.

By Rusty Shackleford, Ph.D. at 10:27 PM | Comments |