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US Congressman Criticizes CNN About Insurgent Video


A prominent U.S. Republican lawmaker is criticizing CNN for airing a video from Iraqi insurgents showing a U.S. soldier in Iraq getting shot by a sniper.

Representative Duncan Hunter of California, who chairs the House Armed Services Committee, has sent a letter to Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld saying the U.S.-based network served as "the publicist for an enemy propaganda film."

CNN first aired the video Wednesday. A CNN producer says the network broadcast the video "to present the unvarnished truth" about the situation in Iraq.

But in his letter to Rumsfeld, Hunter denounces the film as "nothing short of a terrorist snuff film." He is demanding that any CNN reporters embedded with U.S. forces in Iraq be expelled.

Some information for this report was provided by AP.