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WikiLeaks put classified Iraq files online

10-23-2010 08:15 BJT

BEIJING, Oct. 23 (Xinhuanet) -- The WikiLeaks website has published classified military documents from the Iraq war. The site's editor-in-chief told the files are "compelling evidence of war crimes," CNN reported on Saturday.

The reports make it clear that most civilians, by far, were killed by other Iraqis. Two of the worst days of the war came on Aug. 31, 2005, when a stampede on a bridge in Baghdad killed more than 950 people after several earlier attacks panicked a huge crowd, and on Aug. 14, 2007, when truck bombs killed more than 500 people in a rural area near the border with Syria, according to New York Times reports.

Pentagon condemns Wikileaks disclosure of Iraq files

"We strongly condemn the unauthorized disclosure of classified information and will not comment on these leaked documents other than to note that 'significant activities' reports are initial, raw observations by tactical units," press secretary Geoff Morrell told reporters. "They are essentially snapshots of events, both tragic and mundane, and do not tell the whole story."

Geoff claimed the period covered by these reports has been " well-chronicled in news stories, books and films and the release of these field reports does not bring new understanding to Iraq's past."

Clinton condemns Wikileaks disclosure of Iraq files

U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton on Friday strongly condemned "in the most clear terms" the disclosure of any classified information that will put the lives of Americans and others at risk.

Some of the secret files showed that U.S. military gave secret orders not to investigate torture by Iraqi authorities, according to the website of al-Jazeera English Channel.

 

Editor:Zhang Pengfei |Source: Xinhuanet

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