WikiLeaks: Iraq Civilian Deaths Underestimated

WikiLeaks, the whistle-blowing website, has released a new cache of documents about the U.S.-led invasion of Iraq, revealing this time that the number of civilian casualties was higher than initially thought.

The close to 400,000 previously secret documents suggest that civilian deaths reached around 122,000. The leaked documents also reveal that the U.S. has indeed kept a list of civilian casualties, although the US military recorded only more than 60,000 non-combatant deaths.

According to the documents, the U.S. military covered up civilian deaths at checkpoints, and that the Pentagon did not lift a finger despite knowing that “Iraqi officials were torturing detainees.” The leak, the largest in U.S. military history, has put the Pentagon and the White House on the spot. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton said the leak should be condemned as it has put the lives of many soldiers at risk.

However, WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange said the site’s aim was to tell the truth about the Iraq war, and not to put the lives of other people at risk. “We hope to correct some of that attack on the truth that occurred before the war, during the war, and which has continued on since the war officially concluded.”