In what could be the first legal case to use filtered WikiLeaks documents as evidence, the family of a Spanish cameraman killed in 2003 by a US tank shell during the battle for Baghdad filed a complaint Monday. They seek to open an investigation into whether high-ranking officials here colluded with the US Embassy to stop charges being filed against three American soldiers, including a colonel.José Couso of Telecinco, the Spanish cameraman, and Taras Protsyuk, a Ukranian cameraman working for Reuters, died April 8, 2003, when a shell fired by an M1 Abraham tank hit the 15th floor of the Palestine Hotel, which scores of foreign journalist were using as a base and Pentagon-approved safe haven. Two other media locations were hit that day, also killing Al Jazeera correspondent Tareq Ayyoub. Four others were injured, leading to broad condemnation and demands to protect reporters.
that's from andres cala (christian science monitor) and it's past time that jose couso's family got real answers and real justice.
it's also past time that the american people got real answers about that shooting.
it was known that journalists wree in the hotel.
it was a deliberate act on the part of the military command to target the hotel and, yes, the journalists.
the u.s. government has refused to answer the question. it's past time, in our supposed free society, answers were given.
let's close with c.i.'s 'Iraq snapshot:'