For Immediate Release

Contact: 

Sam Husseini, (202) 347-0020; or David Zupan, (541) 484-9167

Veteran of Wikileaks Video Company

WASHINGTON -  

JOSH STIEBER
Stieber is a former soldier of the company shown in the video recently released by Wikileaks (Bravo Company 2-16), which showed U.S. soldiers killing civilians including a Reuters photographer and someone attempting to rescue the wounded.

He said today: 

“A lot of my friends are in that video. Nine times out of ten, that's the way things ended up. Killing was following military protocol. It was going along with the rules as they are.

"If these videos shock and revolt you, it's because they show the reality of what war is like. If you don’t like what you see in them, it means we should be working harder towards alternatives to war.

"Secretary Gates [this Sunday on ABC's 'This Week'] put his seal of approval on the attack. We're funding the war with our tax dollars. We have to decide if this really represents us as a country, is this what we really value?"

Stieber lives in Washington, D.C. and writes a blog: contagiousloveexperiment.wordpress.com.

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