WikiLeaks will release its remaining 15,000 documents from the Afghan war as planned, despite warnings from the US government. The Pentagon says the information would be more damaging to security and risk more lives than WikiLeaks' initial release of some 76,000 war documents.
WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange told reporters in Stockholm that the Pentagon had demanded WikiLeaks destroy its archives of classified information.
But Assange said WikiLeaks would go ahead with the publication after a review of the documents had been completed.
Julian Assange, Wikileaks Founder, said, "We have been reviewing those 15-thousand documents line by line because we viewed that they were more likely to contain names and so those names are being reviewed and redacted where appropriate."
The first files in WikiLeaks' "Afghan War Diary" laid bare classified military documents covering the war in Afghanistan from 2004 to 2010.
The release angered US officials, energized critics of the NATO-led campaign, and drew the attention of the Taliban, which has promised to use the material to track down people it considers traitors.
Assange said WikiLeaks was about halfway through a review of the 15,000 documents and expected to publish them within weeks.
In addition to speaking at a seminar, Assange was in Sweden to investigate claims that the website was not covered by laws protecting anonymous sources in the Scandinavian country.
Assange confirmed that WikiLeaks passes information through Belgium and Sweden to take advantage of press freedom laws there. But some experts say the site doesn't have the publishing certificate needed for full protection in Sweden.