Editor's Commentary: We published the full length, revolutionary film documentary by John Pilger, The War You Don't See in 2010 and 2011 when it appeared on YouTube.com for a brief windows of time and before it was censored, taken off YouTube permanently. The film has always been banned in the United States, available only by purchasing the DVD in England and Australia. For at least a year prior to that publication, we published the trailer for the film several times and a number of interviews with John Pilger, other articles about the film and John Pilger's March 10, 2012 account of how the film was first banned in the US by the liberal establishment in The strange silencing of liberal America.
We believe this is the most important expose produced in our time on the US "war on terror" and the "management" of information about this "war without end" by the establishment media in the West. There is little wonder why it is so feared by imperial western governments. Below is a video of John Pilger's interview of Wikileaks Founder, Julian Assange. In this amazing interview, Pilger says to Assange, "In the great discourse on the shift of journalism and citizen journalism – very little journalism is going on in mainstream journalism" and gives an example of people inside the BBC who have talked with him about the pressure on them by the BBC. Assange reveals that Wikileaks has support inside the US intelligence community.
The following excerpts were transcribed from the film by Axis of Logic.
Pilger: Can you just describe the … almost … the panorama of these documents.
Julian Assange: There are across Afghanistan and Iraq For Afghanistan this 91,000 reports by troops on the ground and by intelligence people back at the base. These are done like … just after an even happened or updated during the course of the day … before Pentagon has had a chance to massage it. Although that said sometimes troops don't put things in there that might incriminate them either. And for Iraq this is 490,000 reports over the same period of time.
Pilger: 490,000 reports.
Assange: 490,000 over the same period of time.
Pilger: That's a hell of a leak.
Assange: Yes, that's really an extraordinary thing. This is the most finely detailed history of war that has ever been disclosed. Precise times, locations, kill counts. Although the kill counts are sometimes massaged … but you can't hide everything when you are producing so much detail so quickly. … so we wrote a computer program to add all these kill counts and in Afghanistan this is in the hundreds of thousands … which is adding up all the accounts of individual cases … the highest kill count was 480 or so related to a stampede that occurred on a bridge
Pilger: 480 people were killed?
Assange: Checking this in the news reports it seems that there were more like a thousand people were killed but in the internal US military reports it's 480 people that were killed. And that was the highest single event. The next one down was a US sweeping operation that killed about 300. Some of these events are on the surface ahh disturbing … so the highest kill count event in Afghanistan killed 181 people in a US operation led by Canada called "Operation Reducer" in December, 2006. And that kill count of 181 there was only on wounded. It says there were no civilians killed and there were none captured. Nearly everyone was killed by an AC130 gunship.
The film contains many more details of what Wikileaks uncovered in secret memos leaked by informants within the US government and military. The two men reveal surprising information about how corporate media and independent journalists view and treat Wikileaks.