The first victim in a sensationalized story, is usually the truth. The ”supposed” intentional massacre of 24 Iraqis, that was a story originally broke by Time magazine, is starting to show signs of the familar green that forms on something that is rotten. The Washington Post has the interview of Staff Sgt. Frank D. Wuterich, the very sergeant who led a squad of Marines during the incident in Haditha.
In the article titled “Marine Says Rules Were Followed” , this sergeant said:
“his unit did not intentionally target any civilians, followed military rules of engagement and never tried to cover up the shootings”.
“the unit stayed at the scene for hours, helping to collect bodies as photos were taken. Wuterich, who remains on duty in California, where he lives with his wife and two young daughters, told Puckett that for months no one questioned his actions.
According to PowerLineBlog “Time Magazine has been discreetly backing off its Haditha coverage with a series of corrections. Time has an enormous amount of prestige invested in its Haditha “scoop.” It turns out, though, that the magazine apparently misrepresented the source of the videotape that got the whole story rolling. And it has also developed that a photograph that Time described as “one of the most damning pieces of evidence investigators have in their possession” is only the subject of rumor, and may not even exist.”