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Gates says war documents leak dangerous to troops, allies

07-30-2010 11:02 BJT

WASHINGTON, July 29 (Xinhua) -- U.S. Defense Secretary Robert Gates on Thursday said the leaking of over 90,000 classified documents in website Wikileaks is "dangerous to troops" stationed in Afghanistan, and promised an aggressive investigation.

Speaking to reporters at a Pentagon briefing, Gates said the leak could be dangerous for the United States and its allies in Afghanistan.

"The battlefield consequences of the release of these documents are potentially severe and dangerous for our troops, our allies, and Afghan partners," he said.

The leak involved reports written by U.S. soldiers and intelligence officers in Afghanistan mainly describing lethal military actions involving the U.S. military. Put together, they amount to a blow-by-blow account of the war over the last six years, which has so far cost the lives of more than 1,000 U.S. troops. But they also contain identities of some Afghans who have given information to U.S. forces.

Pentagon spokesman David Lapan said Wednesday that the department is reviewing the files, and the naming of individuals could put them in harm's way, or dampen their willingness to work with the United States or Afghan government.

Gates also warned the leak "may well damage our relationships and reputation in that key part of the world," as Afghans and others may no longer trust the United States to keep their secrets safe.

Editor:Jin Lin |Source: Xinhua

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