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Thursday, July 14, 2011

WikiLeaks has provided evidence of war crimes, say Assange supporters

The World Socialist Web Site spoke to some of those protesting outside the High Court in London Tuesday in support of Julian Assange.

Among these were Ben Griffin, a former Iraq war veteran and former member of the British Special Air Services (SAS). In 2008, the previous Labour government took out a high court injunction to prevent Griffin from revealing further details about the government’s involvement in “extraordinary rendition”. (See “Britain: Labour government gags ‘extraordinary renditions’ whistleblower”)

Griffin said, “I am here today to stand in solidarity with Julian Assange, who I see as a war resister. For years both I and other veterans in the UK and America have spoken out about the crimes committed in Iraq and Afghanistan; the civilian dead, the destruction of these countries. We’ve been silenced and ignored and we’ve been asked the question again and again: ‘Where’s your evidence? You’re just disgruntled soldiers. Where’s your evidence of these crimes?’

“Julian has provided the evidence. The Iraq war logs, the Afghan war logs, Cablegate [the US diplomatic cables WikiLeaks has begun to release] and, most important, the Collateral Murder video have provided evidence of what veterans have been saying for years about these two wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. So we are here today in solidarity with fellow war resisters.

Read Robert Stevens' article at The World Socialist Web Site.

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