The Guardian announces Wikileaks’ publication of intercepts of more than half a million pager messages, many of them sent by government officials, on 9/11. The messages are being dumped throughout the day today; click here to follow.
Messages released thus far provide evidence of the swirling fear and confusion that marked the day–and will undoubtedly be picked over by conspiracy theorists for evidence that some of the pagers knew precisely what was happening and why. According to the Guardian, “One message from a New York City official sent just minutes after the first attack said: ‘WTC has been hit by an airplane and a bomb.’ Another says: ‘It’s reported that a US military helicopter circled the building then crashed into or next to the Pentagon.’ Later in the day, a message presciently says: ‘We are bombing Afghanistan.'”