New Head of CIA National Clandestine Service Featured in Wikileaks Cables on Torture Case

By: Tuesday May 21, 2013 8:30 am

The new head of the CIA National Clandestine Service, Francis “Frank” Archibald, is listed in the Wikileaks Cables as authoring a confidential report from the U.S. Embassy in Pakistan regarding the naming of the embassy legal attache in a detainee torture case. Archibald discloses his involvement in communicating with other U.S. officials regarding public statements and press reports concerning the case. Archibald was under cover as an official of the U.S. State Department at the time.


Iraqi Interrogators Rape Juveniles to Get Confessions

By: Monday September 12, 2011 9:45 am

A US State Embassy cable marked “confidential” and published by WikiLeaks reveals details on the detention of juveniles held in “Site 4″ in a Iraq Interior Ministry (MOI) detention complex. The juveniles allege sexual abuse by Iraqi interrogators, specifically that rapes were being used in the prison to induce confessions. The discovery of widespread abuse and torture, according to the diplomat who wrote the cable, is the worst since the infamous Jadriyah “Bunker” facility was discovered in 2005.

Iraqi Tortured by Guards Who Insist He Confess to Killing 25 People

By: Saturday September 3, 2011 7:00 pm

The Iraq War Logs, released by WikiLeaks in October of last year, revealed, “US soldiers witnessed, or were told of, more than 1,300 cases of detainee abuse by Iraqi authorities. But following the Abu Ghraib scandal of 2004, they were given explicit orders not to investigate unless coalition personnel were involved.” It should come as no surprise that there are multiple incidents of torture at the hands of Iraq authorities detailed or mentioned in the cables that have been released.

Review: PBS FRONTLINE’s ‘WikiSecrets’ Wants to Be Objective – and That’s Why It’s Weak

By: Wednesday May 25, 2011 8:45 am

Anyone familiar with the stories of WikiLeaks, Julian Assange, the organization’s founder and Pfc. Bradley Manning, the alleged whistleblower to WikiLeaks, would be forgiven for wondering whether PBS Frontline’s documentary “WikiSecrets” presents anything new or not. The documentary attempts to make a sensational connection between Manning and Assange and suggest that Assange might know Manning is the source of the information.

FDL Book Salon Welcomes Greg Mitchell, The Age of WikiLeaks

By: Thursday February 3, 2011 12:30 pm

Join host emptywheel as she chats with author Greg Mitchell about his new book, The Age of WikiLeaks, From Collateral Murder to Cablegate (and Beyond). Mr. Mitchell runs an ongoing blog on the WikiLeak cables at The Nation.

Frost/Assange: An Exchange on Anarchy

By: Friday December 24, 2010 4:30 pm

The heart of this interview by the masterful David Frost turns on Julian Assange’s distinction of anarchy from civility — and the positioning of Wikileaks as organized activity that promotes justice.

DOJ Torture Investigations: Diplomatic Stunt to Forestall International Action

By: Thursday December 2, 2010 1:45 pm

It’s not a surprise that the Obama Administration has been pointing to its own investigations — credible or not — to persuade the international community not to hold our torturers accountable. But it is useful to see how the diplomats and the lawyers first hatched that plan.

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