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WikiLeaks prepares to release documents

08-14-2010 08:54 BJT

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Press freedom group WikiLeaks is preparing to release the rest of its secret Afghan war documents.

The US Defense Department has warned against the move, saying it would jeopardize national security and risk more lives.

Wikileaks spokesman Julian Assange announced the organization will disclose further classified military documents covering the war in Afghanistan from 2004 to 2010.

Speaking via videolink to London's Frontline Club, Assange told the audience that he would "absolutely" publish the files. He said that hundreds of the reports should be investigated by the media for evidence of war crimes.

(O'Connell Q: "So you are going to keep with the release? Just be brief if you could, just to get the discussion going you are going to keep releasing documents from the Afghan war.")

"Absolutely"

The action has angered US officials, energized critics of the NATO-led campaign, and drawn the attention of the Taliban.

The Taliban group has threatened to use the material to try to hunt down people who've been cooperating with NATO forces.

The Pentagon says it believes it has identified the additional 15-thousand classified documents.

Robert Gates, US Defense Security, said, "They convey a huge amount of information about our tactics, techniques and procedures; how we fight, where we're vulnerable."

And the State Department warns that their exposure would be even more damaging to the military than what has already been published.

Mark Toner, US State Department Spokesman, said, "Publicly, we've made very clear that we view the publishing of these communications very seriously and as a very serious breach, and a security breach to our soldiers and diplomats overseas."

The Pentagon has established a task force of about 100 people reading the leaked documents to assess the damage. They are also working to alert Afghans who might be identified by name and now could be in danger.

 

Editor:Zhang Pengfei |Source: CNTV.CN

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