NEW YORK (TheStreet) --WikiLeaks on Monday posted on the Internet a classified U.S. military video showing what appeared to be the arbitrary killing of more than a dozen people in the Iraqi suburb of New Baghdad by Americans, including Reuters photographer Namir Noor-Eldeen and his driver Saeed Chmagh, in July of 2007.
The video was recorded from an Apache helicopter gun-site and features the unprovoked attack of an injured
reporter and those coming to or involved his aid, which included children.
WikiLeaks managed to get ahold of the video and related documents through military whistleblowers, and it was made viewable after cracking a video encryption. Its authenticity has been confirmed by members of the military, according to reports.
U.S. military officials said that the military helicopters were reacting in defense of American troops under attack, reports said.
Since the attack,
has unsuccessfully been trying to get obtain the 38-minute long footage through the Freedom of Information Act, which WikiLeaks edited down to about 17 minutes.
It's estimated that 139 journalists, most of them Iraqis, have been killed in the country since the war began in 2003.
-- Reported by Andrea Tse in New York
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