The CBC has truly lost its collective mind over the WikiLeaks release of the Afghan war logs. Despite denials from the families involved, despite denials from military officials and readily available eyewitness accounts, CBC continues to pretend that perhaps, just maybe the government is lying and four Canadian soldiers were killed by an American bomb.
I can understand the rush to run with that story when the WikiLeaks Afghan documents were first released. On the face of it the situation report from the Americans on September 3, 2006 would appear to say that a U.S. bomb killed our four brave soldiers. That’s not what happened, they were killed during a battle with Taliban fighters, a point of fact the CBC now calls an “assertion.”
The CBC has even dragged NDP defence critic Jack Harris into the world of truth seeking, Harris telling the state broadcaster that the families of the fallen deserve the truth. “They deserve to know what actually happened and if there’s any doubt cast by this and I think there is some doubt because those two stories cannot live together,” Harris told CBC.
I wish it were just the CBC reporter that tracked down Harris in Newfoundland to ask him about this story, sadly it is not. On television, on radio and online, CBC has cast doubt about the official story even while carrying the sounds and images of grieving family members proclaiming the truth.
The CBC has chosen to believe a piece of raw data, collected illegally and posted on a website committed to ending the war because it fits with one of their main storylines of the Afghan war, the government is lying. Contrast that to their reaction to another big WikiLeaks information dump, the Climategate emails. At that time CBC wasn’t overly interested in running stories about emails and documents that hackers took without permission. When they finally did get around to running the story more than a week later it was to say that the data might have been tampered with.
The reason for the discrepancy is simple; one story fits an existing narrative while the other does not.
For those interested in knowing the truth about what happened to Warrant Officer Richard Nolan, Warrant Officer Frank Mellish, Sgt. Shane Stachnik and Pte. William Cushley I suggest you read the excellent report by Adam Day of Legion Magazine. Day was in Afghanistan at the time of the battle, he spoke to the soldiers that were there, he conducted several interviews. When you read Day’s reporting, listen to the family members recount their own stories, there is no doubt that the official version is the truth.