5 Years Later, Official Reveals US Targeted Hotel Palestine in Baghdad Prior to Killing of Two Journalists

IMC-US, 02.06.2008

Last month marked the fifth anniversary of the US military shelling of the Hotel Palestine in Baghdad. The attack killed two journalists: Reuters cameraman Taras Protsyuk and Jose Couso, a cameraman for the Spanish television network, Telecinco. The Pentagon has called the killings accidental, but in a broadcast exclusive aired a few weeks ago, Army Sgt. Adrienne Kinne (Ret.) revealed that she saw secret US military documents which listed the hotel as a possible target. Kinne also disclosed that she was personally ordered to eavesdrop on Americans working for news organizations and NGOs in Iraq. Originally, Kinne actually released this information last July, but her story was not picked up by any significant news outlets. After the airing of the interview on Democracy Now!, however, the International Federation of Journalists condemned the attacks and called for a full, independent investigation. Soon thereafter, Reuters followed suit by calling for a new investigation into the attack.

Image montage from the Committee to Protect Journalists

Background Coverage: Independent Witnesses to War Perish at the Hands of the U.S. Military in Iraq || July 2007 Initial Revelation: "New NSA Whistleblower Speaks" || DN!'s Original Story of Kinne's Revelations || Reuters seeks new inquiry into Iraq hotel deaths || CPJ: Five years after deadly Palestine Hotel and Al-Jazeera strikes, unanswered questions linger || Condemnation from International Federation of Journalists || Clip of DN! Kinne interview (from minute 4:02-5:29) || Transcript of Clip of Interview ( En Espanol) || Entrevista de Adrienne Kinne en Espanol || 2004 Report from Reporters Without Borders: Two murders and a Lie | PDF version || Additional DN! coverage: Brother of Slain Journalist Jose Couso Calls for Prosecution of Those Responsible for U.S. Attack on Palestine Hotel (3/23/2005) | Hotel Palestine: Killing the Witness–Documentary Exposes the Truth Behind the Attack (3/23/2005) | Wounded Spanish Journalist Olga Rodriguez Describes the U.S. Attack on the Palestine Hotel That Killed Two of Her Colleagues (3/23/2005) | Family of Spanish Journalist Killed by U.S. Forces in Baghdad Accuses U.S. of War Crime (11/23/2004) | U.S. Accused of Lying About Its Troops Killing Journalists in Iraq (1/16/2004)

Email this article to someone >>

Make a quick comment on this article >>