Apr 13, 2010 6 Comments ›› Pat Dollard
Last night Stephen Colbert interviewed Julian Assange, the founder of Wikileaks, which the other week published video of US Military killing 12 individuals in Iraq, two of whom were later revealed to be staff members of the Reuters. It was exactly the sort of interview which demonstrates why Press Sec. Robert Gibbs would be happy to have President Obama appear on The Daily Show but not on Colbert: unlike Jon Stewart, tough interviews tend to bring out the underlying sharpness and seriousness in Colbert. Last night was no exception.
After a sort of jokey opening in which he had his face pixelated and voice altered Colbert got down to business.
Letâ€™s talk about this footage that has gotten you so much attention recently. This is footage of an Apache helicopter attack in 2007. The army described this as a group that gave resistance at the time, that doesnâ€™t seem to be happening. But there are armed men in the group, they did find a rocket propelled grenade among the group, the Reuters photographers who were regrettably killed, were not identifiedâ€¦You have edited this tape, and you have given it a title called â€˜collateral murder.â€™ Thatâ€™s not leaking, thatâ€™s a pure editorial.
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