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Aljazeera: Leaks Reveal Blackwater Excesses

As usual the foreign press is doing a better job on this than our American media. From Aljazeera, some of the latest to come out of the recent WikiLeaks Iraq War Files. Leaks reveal Blackwater excesses: Blackwater, the private security

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As usual the foreign press is doing a better job on this than our American media. From Aljazeera, some of the latest to come out of the recent WikiLeaks Iraq War Files.

Leaks reveal Blackwater excesses:

Blackwater, the private security firm now known as Xe Services, has acquired a controversial reputation in recent years for playing a largely unregulated, mercenary role as the US' former guard of choice in Iraq and other countries.

The group operated under a $465m contract in Iraq and became infamous for a September 2007 shooting in Baghdad's Nissour Square that left 17 civilians dead. Five Blackwater guards were charged with murder, though a judge in January dismissed the case for prosecutorial misconduct.

The WikiLeaks Iraq war files reveal 14 other incidents in which Blackwater guards opened fire on civilians, killing 10 and wounding seven.

Much more here -- The Secret Iraq Files

And Amy Goodman talked to whistleblower Daniel Ellsberg about this on Friday on Democracy Now right before WikiLeaks released the documents -- EXCLUSIVE: WikiLeaks Prepares Largest Intel Leak in US History with Release of 400,000 Iraq War Docs.

C-SPAN also covered the press conference with Julian Assange among others on the panel in London discussing the release of the documents that you can watch in its entirety here. This has me curious as to how long that link is going to remain valid though because when you go to their schedules page for Oct. 23, 2010 to view the program rather than the link from their main site as of Oct. 23rd, this is what you get. This program is not available to view or purchase.

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