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article image'Collateral Murder': Soldier relives infamous WikiLeaks video

By Anne Sewell     Apr 6, 2013 in World
By now, most people know about the infamous "Collateral Murder" video, taken in Iraq, released by WikiLeaks, and which put Bradley Manning behind bars. On the 3rd anniversary of the release of the video, someone who was at the scene speaks out.
The "Collateral Murder" video was shot from an Apache helicopter gun-sight, and clearly shows the unprovoked attack on Iraqi civilians and the slaying of a wounded Reuters employee and his rescuers. Two young children involved in the rescue were also seriously wounded.
The video is the reason that Bradley Manning has been behind bars for so long, awaiting his court martial for releasing this information to WikiLeaks.
Friday marked the third anniversary of the release of this video on the WikiLeaks website, where it instantly made headlines by exposing what actually happened in the war in Iraq.
In the video above, Meghan Lopez of RT News interviews one of the soldiers involved in the incident, army veteran Ethan McCord. McCord describes the scene that day, pointing out various incidents on the video itself. He talks about the PTSD he suffers from this incident and also his two suicide attempts.
He talks about how he went to the van shown in the video and helped the two injured children he found in that van.
“I think she was four years old and you could tell she had a wound to the stomach and I remember her looking at me and the blood around her eyes made her eyes so ghostly,” he says in an extract from the interview.
He nears the end of the interview with the following statement:
“You know America, we were John Wayne, we were wearing the white hat. Americans were always trying to help people, that’s what we do, we try to spread freedom and democracy,” he says. “With the barrel of a gun.”
This is not the first time that Ethan McCord has spoken about this incident. In the video below he speaks to attendees of the United National Peace Conference, which took place in Albany, NY the weekend of July 23-25, 2010:
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