You know that disturbing video of U.S. helicopters shooting civilians and journalists in Iraq leaked by Wikileaks? Turns out the Pentagon couldn't have released it even if they wanted to. They have no idea where their copy is.
According to an AP report:
Capt. Jack Hanzlik, a spokesman for U.S. Central Command, said that the military has not been able to locate the video within its files after being asked to authenticate the version available online.
"We had no reason to hold the video at (Central Command), nor did the higher headquarters in Iraq," Hanzlik said in an e-mailed statement. "We're attempting to retrieve the video from the unit who did the investigation."
And on Tuesday, when questions were raised about why the Pentagon didn't release the video itself at the time it issued its official report, "officials said they were still looking for it and weren't entirely sure where it was."
Ah, the old "lost incriminating classified video tape" excuse. "So, the last time we saw the helicopter video, it was in a box under Lt. Sanchez's bed. But then he broke up with his girlfriend and moved out. We're pretty sure he's still got a couple of boxes in the attic over there, but she was like, if he didn't come over in two months she was putting them on the sidewalk. And that was maybe three months ago? So, yeah, we are not entirely sure where it is..."