October 23, 2010 by staff
NATO chief, Anders Fogh Rasmussen said the leak could have “very negative security implications.”
A spokesman for U.S. defense said the documents in question “significant activities”, reported by units.
The Pentagon has formed a team of over 100anlysts to prepare for the release of the documents, which were expected later on Friday.
“By revealing such sensitive information, Wikileaks continues to put at risk the lives of our troops, coalition partners and Iraqis and Afghans working with us,” said spokesman Geoff Morrell.
He said the documents were “essentially snapshots of events, both tragic and the mundane, and not tell the whole story.
“That said, the period covered by these reports has been well reported in the news, books and movies and the publication of these reports from the field does not bring a new understanding of Iraq’s past.”
He added: “However, does not expose the secret information that could make our troops more vulnerable to future attacks.”
Wikileaks web site is currently down for “scheduled maintenance”, but promised in his Twitter an “important announcement in Europe” on Saturday morning.
Speaking earlier on Friday, the NATO Secretary General, Anders Fogh Rasmussen, said the “flight can put soldiers and civilians in danger.”
Wikileaks has angered the U.S. government and military to launch in July of more than 70,000 secret documents on the war in Afghanistan.
Military officials warned at the time of the leak could lead to the deaths of U.S. soldiers and Afghan civilians because some of the documents containing the names of locals who had helped the coalition forces.
But the U.S. Defense Secretary Robert Gates said in a letter to the head of the Armed Services Committee Senate that the leak had not revealed any “sensitive intelligence sources or methods.”
There have been fears such leaks can damage U.S. intelligence sharing with other nations as well as intelligence sharing among U.S. agencies.
The investigation into the leak of Afghanistan has focused on Bradley Manning, a U.S. Army intelligenceanlyst who is in custody and has been responsible for providing Wikileaks classifieds with a video of a U.S. helicopter attack in Iraq in 2007 in which a dozen people were killed.
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