US Turned Blind Eye To Iraq Torture

The Pentagon decried the website’s publication of the secret reports, the largest security breach of its kind in US military history, far surpassing the group’s dump of more than 70 000 Afghan war files in July.
US officials said the leak endangered US troops and threatened to put some 300 Iraqi collaborators at risk by exposing their identities.
WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange said the documents showed evidence of war crimes, but the Pentagon dismissed the files as “ground-level” field reports from a well-chronicled war with no real surprises.
“We deplore WikiLeaks for inducing individuals to break the law, leak classified documents and then cavalierly share that secret information with the world,” Geoff Morrell, Pentagon press secretary, said.
The Iraq war files touched on other themes, including well-known US concerns about Iranian training and support for Iraqi militias. The documents, which spanned 2003 to 2009, also detailed 66 081 civilian deaths in the Iraqi conflict, WikiLeaks said.
Although the Iraq conflict has faded from US public debate in recent years, the document dump threatens to revive memories of some of the most trying times in the war, including the Abu Ghraib prisoner abuse scandal.
Those media organisations given advance access to the database – 10 weeks in one case – broadly concluded that the documents showed that US forces had effectively turned a blind eye to torture and abuse of prisoners by Iraqi forces.
The documents also cited cases of rape and murder, including a videotaped execution of a detainee by Iraqi soldiers. That document can be seen here:
Amnesty International condemned the revelations in the documents and questioned whether US authorities had broken international law by handing over detainees to Iraqi forces known to be committing abuses “on a truly shocking scale.”
“These documents apparently provide further evidence that the US authorities have been aware of this systematic abuse for years,” said Malcolm Smart, Amnesty International’s director for the Middle East and North Africa.
The US envoy in Iraq said in August he believed groups backed by Iran were responsible for a quarter of US casualties in the Iraq war.
More than 4 400 US soldiers have been killed since the start of the 2003 US-led invasion. All US forces are set to withdraw from Iraq by the end of next year.