Soldier Who Appeared In "Collateral Murder" War Video Supports Leak To Wikileaks
A former US Army soldier who appeared in a video showing American troops killing 12 unarmed Iraqi civilians, including two Reuters photographers, says he supports the leaking of that video by whistleblower website Wikileaks.

In an interview on KGO Radio's "Lettieri & Poole Show" Saturday, former US Army soldier Ethan McCord said the video allegedly leaked by PFC Bradley Manning offers a portrayal of combat operations in Iraq that the general public otherwise wouldn't get to see.

"As far as the video being released by Wikileaks from the very beginning was a good thing," McCord said. "It gives people a chance to actually see what happens on a daily basis in Iraq."

The half-hour long video, entitled "Collateral Murder," was released by Stockholm-based in April. The video shows US troops firing on unarmed Iraqi civilians, killing 12 including two photojournalists working with the Reuters news agency.

According to the Department of Defense, the mission was carried out on people believed to be insurgents. In a portion of the video, soldiers could be heard suggesting the civilians were carrying grenade launchers and other weapons.

In May, Adrian Lamo of Carmichael turned in Manning after learning the soldier was responsible for leaking classified information, which included the "Collateral Murder" video.

Lamo says he believes Manning had access to the same hardware that was used to access and leak a 90,000 page dossier on the war in Afghanistan in July and believes the soldier, now under military custody and awaiting a trial, couldn't have acted alone.

"I believe Manning misused that system, and in so doing, reduced our overall intelligence-sharing propensity and left us as a country less able to extend the trust that we need to properly share the information needed to prosecute the war on terror."

Lamo did not say whether Manning was directly responsible for the leak to the popular online web portal, which has released classified Government documents online since 2006. However, Lamo told ABC News' George Stephanopolous Monday that the amount of information released in the most recent leak was too much for one person to have pulled off alone.

Wikileaks released the 91,000 page dossier on the Afghanistan war to international newspapers, including the New York Times in the United States, The Guardian in Britain, and Der Spiegel in Germany.