CNN reporter: Network censored footage of Iraq ‘war crime’
The Brisbane Times quotes Ware:
Ware became "obsessed" with the footage of the incident, playing it repeatedly, said John Martinkus, a journalism teacher at the University of Tasmania and a friend of Ware's.
"Part of him was like, ‘How could I just stand by and watch that happen?’ It was a really horrible, stark moral choice that he faced and he still wrestles with that,’’ Martinkus said.
Ware says the footage belongs to CNN and he can't release it himself.
The Australian citizen returned to his native Brisbane last December to recover from the trauma of nearly a decade in war zones (he covered the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan for Time prior to moving to CNN.)
Members of his family say he suffers from post-traumatic stress disorder and endures "nightmares, flashbacks, insomnia and mood swings," according to the Brisbane Times.
Ware was reportedly kidnapped during his stint as a war correspondent. In the incident, recounted at Men's Journal, he was grabbed by followers of the al Qaeda warlord Abu Musab al-Zarqawi:
Ware thus became "the only Westerner to be captured and later released by Al Qaeda in Iraq," reports ABC in Australia.
The CNN correspondent has been known for occasionally stepping into controversy. In 2006, he aired partial footage of militants stalking and killing US troops, prompting then-Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld to declare that "CNN has now served as the publicist for an enemy propaganda film."
In 2007, some bloggers accused Ware of disrupting a Baghdad press conference by Sen. John McCain, who at the time was gearing up for a White House run. Ware denied the allegation, and Raw Story reported that video evidence backed up Ware's denial.