A SECRET Pentagon video showing a bloody airstrike in Afghanistan which killed dozens of children is set to be released by the fugitive founder of online iconoclast WikiLeaks.The Australian-born Julian Assange, the face of the web group, has been in hiding since last week amid claims US authorities were hunting him.US media reported that Pentagon investigators were trying to find him and discourage him from publishing confidential diplomatic cables allegedly leaked to him by a disillusioned intelligence analyst.While Assange’s location is unknown – he may still be in Australia – he has continued to send email and Twitter messages to supporters.In an email sent on Tuesday, he suggested he would soon release a secret Pentagon video of a US airstrike on Granai, a small town in western Afghanistan, in May last year.The US President, Barack Obama, and the Secretary of State, Hillary Clinton, have apologised for the bombing, which left as many as 100 people – mainly children and teenagers – dead.In the email, Assange confirmed the website was ”still working on” the ”Garani [sic] massacre”.This year WikiLeaks, which has posted on its website more than 2100 confidential documents and videos in its three-year existence, published footage of a US army helicopter gunning down civilians in Iraq in 2007.In late May the US Army arrested one of its soldiers based in Iraq after he boasted online about leaking the so-called ”Collateral Murder” video.In a series of online conversations with a former hacker, Private Bradley Manning said he had also sent the Granai video and hundreds of thousands of confidential State Department cables to Assange.”i cant believe what im confessing to you,” Private Bradley wrote. ”ive been so isolated so long […] smart enough to know whats going on, but helpless to do anything … no-one took any notice of me.”The jailing of Private Manning was also referred to in an article last week in The New York Times, which suggested the Obama administration was proving to be the most aggressive in US history in seeking out and punishing whistleblowers.WikiLeaks has published a 2008 US Army report which described the site as a ”potential … threat to the US Army”.The report discussed exposing the site’s ”insiders, leakers and whistleblowers”[email protected]南京夜网.au
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