Audio and video recordings were taken from the AC-130 gunship that bombed the medical facility in Kunduz, Afghanistan, killing 22 staff members and patients, on October 3. The recordings are considered a key source to the Pentagon’s understanding of the attack, according to a U.S. defense official.
However, the military has purposefully avoided providing congressmen and senators who oversee the Pentagon with the actual audio or video. Even after directly asking to hear the audio, a lawmaker was turned down, with the Department of Defense citing its investigation as the reason they’re unable to share it.
This comes after a questionable story of initial accountability from the U.S. military, which Doctors Without Borders (MSF), who ran the facility, has largely condemned.
That’s played into the change of tone that came Wednesday, when White House Press Secretary Josh Earnest commented, “When the United States makes a mistake, we own up to it. We apologize.” The same day, President Obama personally apologized to Doctors Without Borders President Dr. Joanne Liu. Meanwhile, the organization continues to demand an independent probe.
Wikileaks is currently offering $50,000 for the bombing video and cockpit audio, referring to it as “suspected war crime evidence.”
[H/T The Daily Beast]