US Army looks to Wikileaks for help

Wikileaks co-founder Julian Assange has an nice anecdote about the story that made the whistleblower website world-famous. The site published a list of the kit that the US Army took to Iraq, complete with the parts serial numbers, totals and cost. It also ran through the logistics of how to acquire more.
According to Assange, it wasn’t long before GI joes, stuck in the Iraqi desert with punctures and broken half-shafts, were hooking into the Wikileaks website to check serial numbers and how to order replacements. “It seems our take on how to order more was easier to understand than the official manual,” he says.
Given that Wikileaks needs funding, Downtime suggests it should offer to translate army-speak into something the rest of us can understand. The US Department of Defense can afford it.

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