October 23, 2010 by USA Post
Wiki Leaks, -Self-proclaimed whistleblower Wikileaks website announced on Saturday that 15,000 more soon release secret documents war in Afghanistan. The announcement came just a day after the group has released about 400,000 documents from the war in Iraq.
391,831 Wikileaks called secret Defense Department documents released last week “the biggest leak of classified military history.”
The group has published more than 77,000 U.S. intelligence reports on the war in Afghanistan in July, but these additional files in Afghanistan were held for sensitive content.
Kristinn Hrafnsson Wikileaks, told reporters on Saturday in London that the documents had already been fully reviewed for release and will be published shortly. He said the documents Afghans have been modified to hide the names of people and do not contain information that could be harmful to individuals. ”
Wikileaks said in a press release reporting its latest version described the Iraq war “as seen and heard by U.S. troops” from January 1, 2004 until December 31, 2009.
Pentagon spokesman Geoff Morrell, called their publication “regrettable” and said he is concerned about “damage could come to our forces.”
According to Wikileaks, the documents include previously undisclosed number of Iraqi civilian deaths, recorded more than 300 reports of coalition forces commit acts of torture and abuse of detainees, the accounts of the invasion of Iran in the war and had information suggesting that 691 Iraqi civilians killed at checkpoints U.S. military.
It says theanlysis by the independent Iraq Body Count indicates the records contain 15,000 civilian deaths that have not been previously disclosed publicly. Detailed reports 109,032 deaths in Iraq for six years, including 66,081 identified as civilians.
A working group of 120anlysts in the Defense Department reviewed the documents ahead of time, considering everything he thought WikiLeaks may have had access to the interior of the “Iraq meaningful activity” reports.
The Pentagon says these reports are similar to the 70,000 documents released by WikiLeaks Afghan war this summer, but this time on a much larger scale. Like last time, Morrell said, the locals who worked with the U.S. military are at risk of dying after their names made public. He said thousands of names would be revealed, and the Pentagon has begun to reach some 300 Iraqis who feel most at risk.
Wikileaks says that he wrote the names and got no help for it from the Pentagon.
Anyway, Morrell said, the enemy will try to take advantage of these files.
“Remember that following the leak of documents Afghans in July, our enemy has stated publicly that they would extract this information and seek ways that could take advantage of it and find vulnerabilities and exploit them,” Morrell said in an interview with Fox ago Friday. “Our intelligence behind it. This loss is potentially four times as large as the last.”
The documents also shed new light on the role Iran of helping militants and allegations of detainee abuse by Iraqi security forces, apparently without objection from the U.S.
NATO chief, Anders Fogh Rasmussen, is described as a statement of the document as “a very unfortunate situation.”
“I can not comment on details of the exact impact on safety, but in general I can say that such leaks … can have a negative impact to the safety of people involved,” he told reporters before Friday in Berlin after a meeting with German Chancellor Angela Merkel.
earlier version Wikileaks’ document in July of the secret war in Iraq and Afghanistan shocked the Pentagon, he accused the group of being irresponsible. Fogh Rasmussen, said Friday that leaks of this nature can put soldiers and civilians at risk. ”
It seems that the fears – that the military has relied on its appeal to WikiLeaks and the media to publish the documents – have yet to materialize. Pentagon a letter obtained by The Associated Press reported that no U.S. intelligence sources or practices were committed by the Afghan war records’ disclosure.
However, the military feels a release classified documents could harm national security and increase people’s fears that it could consider cooperation with the U.S. in the future, “said Lapan.
Ryan Crocker, U.S. ambassador in Iraq from 2007-08, said the revelations would be more worrying if the U.S. it remains fully committed to combat in Iraq – but still sees it as a major problem.
“I really would be concerned if – as seems the case – Iraqi political figures have been mentioned in a context or a connection that can be done politically and physically vulnerable to its enemies,” he said at a conference Friday at the Center for Strategic Studies and International in Washington.
“That has a totally negative effect on the willingness of political figures to talk to us – not only in Iraq but anywhere in the world,” he said.
Fox News Justin Fishel and The Associated Press contributed to this report.
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