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Gates Criticizes Leak of Iraq Killings

Tuesday, 13 Apr 2010 02:16 PM

 

Defense Secretary Robert Gates is criticizing the anonymous online leak of a video showing two Reuters news agency employees being killed in Iraq as presenting a "soda straw" view of war.

Gates' remarks come amid reports of U.S. forces killing civilians on a bus near Kandahar in Afghanistan. The video from Iraq was taken in 2007 by Army Apache helicopters when troops mistook a camera for an AK-47 and a long-range lens as an RPG. The video was released online by Wikileaks.org.

U.S. officials say the photographer and his driver were walking with other armed men and headed toward a firefight.

Gates says the video doesn't show what happened before or after. He said: "You're looking at a situation through a soda straw and you have no context or perspective."

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