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Leaked Military Footage Shows Death of Reuters Photojournalist


Military footage showing U.S. soldiers shooting Reuters photographer Namir Noor-Eldeen and his driver, Saeed Chmagh, has been released on an "anti-secret" website, Wikileaks.org. The previously unseen and restricted video has now been viewed by more than 2 million people.

Recorded on July 12, 2007, and published on Wikileaks this April, the video was taken from inside an American helicopter during what the military described as an attack between U.S. and Iraqi rebels. The footage shows the two men among a crowd of Iraqis as they are shot by the helicopter's guns, and then again as several wounded people from the crowd try to crawl away. Immediately following the attack, Reuters asked the military to release the footage as part of the investigation into the death of the two men, but the news company was denied on the grounds that the soldiers had acted according to the rules of military engagement.

Currently, there are no plans to reopen the case based on the release of the leaked footage.Wikileaks has reportedly said it will also be releasing a formerly encrypted video showing an American air strike in Afghanistan that killed 97 civilians last year.