After coming across evidence of US war crimes in Iraq and Afghanistan US Army Intelligence analyst uploads documents and videos to whistleblowing site Wikileaks.
Chelsea Manning (formerly known as Bradley) was a US Army intelligence analyst. Dismayed with what she perceived to be war crimes, she downloaded the documents now known as the Iraqi and Afghan War logs in January 2010. She initially contacted The Washington Post and the New York Times, but instead opted to upload the file anonymously to Wikileaks in early February.
That same month she uploaded the diplomatic cables (Secret US Embassy Cables) and eventually leaked the infamous Baghdad airstrike video (Collateral Murder) and the Guantanamo Bay files (Guantánamo Detainee Assessment Briefs, Gitmo DABs). She also uploaded video of the Granai Airstrike, but this was destroyed by a Wikileaks defector.
Wikileaks released the Collateral Murder video at a press conference in April 2019. The helicopter gun-sight footage from a July 12, 2007 Baghdad airstrike shows a crew of a US Apache helicopter gunning down 12 civilians, including two Reuters war correspondents. Victims include an Iraqi man driving a van on his way to take his two children to school who stopped to help the helpless Reuters journalist attempting to crawl away to safety. A Washington Post journalist embedded with the troops went on to write a book giving the team and the war glamorous reviews.
Unfortunately the documents revealed even more gruesome US troops atrocities in a 2006 incident when US troops executed at least 10 Iraqi civilians and then called in an airstrike to cover up their crime. The victims included a 5-month-old infant and a 70-year old woman. Subsequent autopsies revealed that nine of the victims (5 children and 4 women) were handcuffed and shot in the head.
Manning was arrested in May 2010. She admitted to releasing the Collateral Murder video, Department of State cables, Afghanistan and Iraq war logs to Wikileaks. She is presently serving a 35-year prison sentence.
War Diary: Iraq War Logs
War Diary: Afghanistan War Logs