Wikileaks released almost 400,000 documents pertaining to the Iraq War on Friday.
From the UK Guardian:
One thing the Al-Jazzera program does not discuss are the various death toll estimates:
The Lancet: 600,000 Iraqi deaths up until January 2007.
New England Journal of Medicine (pdf): 151,000 civilians deaths between March 2003 and June 2006
Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health: 654,965 additional civilian deaths between March 2003 and July 2006
Opinion Research Business: 733,158-1,220,580 civilian deaths between March 2003 and September 2007 (later revised to 946,258 to 1.12 million).
Iraq Body Count: over 150,000 Iraqi casualties, 80% of whom were civilian. Note that IBC “only includes individual or cumulative deaths as directly reported by the media or tallied by official bodies (for instance, by hospitals, morgues and, in a few cases so far, NGOs), and subsequently reported in the media.”
And, as Glenn Greenwald argues
“[T]here is now a major, coordinated effort underway to smear WikiLeaks’ founder, Julian Assange, and to malign his mental health — all as a means of distracting attention away from these highly disturbing revelations and to impede the ability of WikiLeaks to further expose government secrets and wrongdoing with its leaks. But now, the smear campaign is led not by Executive Branch officials, but by members of the establishment media.”