Website Releases Thousands of Text Messages From 9/11
United Airlines Flight 175 hits WTC north tower (Getty Images)
The group, Wikileaks.com, has not said how it obtained the 570,000 pager messages purportedly from agencies ranging from the Pentagon to the New York Police Department to ordinary citizens.
Some of the messages are unrelated to the Sept. 11 attacks, but many are clearly from people responding to or trying to contact people at the World Trade Center.
"The archive is a completely objective record of the defining moment of our time," Wikileaks said. "We hope that its revelation will lead to a more nuanced understanding of the event and its tragic consequences."
8:50 am message says, "A plane crashed thru the twin towers. Real bad... BR."
Another 8:50 am message says: "BOMB DETINATED IN WORLD TRADE CTR. PLS GET BACK TO MIKE BRADY W/A QUICK ASSESSMENT OF YOUR AREAS AND CONTACT US IF ANYTHING IS NEEDED."
8:51 am, "de Center is on FIRE!!!! No Joke. rickc."
8:53 am, a police department message from " NYPD Ops Div" calls for action: "POSSIBLE EXPLOSION WORLD TRADE CENTER BUILDING. LEVEL 3 MOBILIZATION TO CHURCH AND VESSY."
8:54 am, a message from an unidentified sender says: "CONFIRMED PLANE CRASH INTO THE WORLD TRADE CENTER MULTI UNITS RESPONDING."
9:00:05 AM: 1/1) CONFIRMED PLANE CRASH AT 2 WORLD TRADE CENTER. EMRP, 38ST, HAZMAT RESPONDING.
9:00:42 AM: All - Plane crashed into WTC, our staff at 5 WTC is presently recorded safe details to follow.
9:01:53 AM: Plane crash into World Trade Center. All MTA PD midnight units being held over. MTAPD Comm Ctr (1/1)
9:04:01 AM: AIR TRAFFIC CONTROL HAS NOT GIVEN US ANY CONCRETE INFO.....INDICATED PSBL HI-JACK COM ACFT. JOE TURNER OCC DUTY DIRECTOR
9:10:35 AM: Ellen has tried to get Derek, Brock, & Mark but unable to get through, their floors are at the top
9:10:46 AM: Due to the explosions in the WTC all ATM's are being shutdown
9:11:42 AM: we're under another "terrorist" attack in new york city at the world trade buildings!!! it's horrible. two planes crash into the top floors of each building. phi
9:13:24 AM: airports are closed and command still reports numerous jumpers and numerous others trapped. FDNY is avail via live
WikiLeaks started the release at 3 a.m. ET on Wednesday and will continue releasing messages chronologically through 3 a.m. ET Thursday.
The messages are being released at 911.wikileaks.org.