NEWLY released Wikileak documents on Iraq give a blow-by-blow account of the “bloodbath” in the country over six years, the whisteblower’s founder Julian Assange said.
Speaking to CNN after the documents’ publication, he said they presented a much more straightforward picture than material on the conflict in Afghanistan previously published by Wikileaks.
“These documents reveal six years of the Iraq war at a ground level detail – the troops on the ground, their reports, what they were seeing, what they were saying and what they were doing,” he told the broadcaster.
The Iraq documents cover the deaths of some 104,000 people over six years – compared the deaths of 20,000 people in Afghanistan detailed in previously released papers.
“We’re talking about a five times greater kill rate in Iraq, really a comparative bloodbath compared to Afghanistan,” he told CNN.
The Iraq documents gave “not just the aggregate, not just that, you know, ‘in Fallujah a lot of people died,’ but rather the deaths of each person, with precise geographic coordinates and the operation under which they died”, he said.
“That is the big outcome for us, is that these people whose deaths were previously anonymous, they are no longer anonymous.
“We can see where they died and under what circumstances.
“I think the message of this material is powerful and perhaps a little easier to understand than the complex situation in Afghanistan.”
The comments came shortly after Wikileaks released nearly 400,000 pages of secret military field reports from Iraq, including graphic accounts of torture, civilian killings and Iran’s hand in the Iraq war.
The US administration said the release could endanger US troops and Iraqis but would not shed new light on the war.