WASHINGTON — Three Americans detained by Iran in July 2009 for alleged illegal entry were on the Iraqi side of the border at the time, according to a US military report that is among a huge cache of documents posted Friday by the WikiLeaks website.
The report, written on the day of the hikers' arrest, July 31, says the Americans ignored unspecified cautions about their travels. The report also predicted Iran would accuse the three of spying, which it later did.
"The leadership in Iran benefits as it focuses the Iranian population on a perceived external threat rather than internal dissension," the report said.
The document, a field report not meant as a definitive account or a conclusive assessment, was reported first by The New York Times on its website Friday. It was among nearly 400,000 secret US military documents revealed by WikiLeaks.