WikiLeaks is offering $50,000 to anyone who can provide footage or other critical information regarding the bombing of the Médecins Sans Frontières hospital in Kunduz, Afghanistan. During the attack, 22 people were killed and many more were wounded.
The attack was apparently conducted by the United States. The country has already accepted responsibility for the attack, which it claims was an accident.
Médecins Sans Frontières is commonly known in the United States as “Doctors Without Borders”.
This latest offering represents the third time that WikiLeaks has offered a reward for the disclosure of classified information. WikiLeaks believes that footage from the aircraft which carried out the attack should exist somewhere. A post-mission report is likely to have also been commissioned by American officials.
In an effort to raise money for the reward, WikiLeaks is requesting for pledges from its members. Since the start of the campaign, more than $2,400 has been donated by a total of 12 different people.
United States President Barack Obama has already announced that an internal investigation of the attack would take place. Meanwhile, MSF is demanding an independent investigation, saying that it cannot trust the accounts of the United States or Afghanistan in this situation. MSF President Joanne Liu has requested that the International Humanitarian Fact-Finding Commission conduct an investigation of its own. The Fact-Finding Commission has never been activated since its establishment in 1991.
Head of United States military operations in Afghanistan General John Campbell has attempted to convince people that an independent investigation is not needed, stating that the internal investigation that is being conducted by the United States is asking some “very tough questions”.
Campbell said, “I have trust and confidence in the folks that will do the investigation for NATO, the folks that'll do the investigation for DOD and the Afghan partners. I have all the trust and confidence that (the investigating officer) will get answers to all of those questions, and he'll continue to work very hard and will continue to be transparent and provide all of that to this committee and to the American people as we move forward."