Last Afghan WikiLeaks out in 'couple of weeks'

Aug 14, 2010 by Marc Preel
US soldiers take part in a military parade at the Arghandab Base in Kandahar province, Afghanistan, on August 9. WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange vowed Saturday to publish the last batch of secret documents on the Afghan war in "a couple of weeks", despite Pentagon pleas they would put further lives at risk.

WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange vowed Saturday to publish the last batch of secret documents on the Afghan war in "a couple of weeks", despite Pentagon pleas they would put further lives at risk.

Asked at a press conference in Stockholm when the final batch of 15,000 classified files on the Afghan war would be published, Assange said that "We're about half way through, so a couple of weeks."

The announcement at a seminar on the control of information came after the on Friday renewed pressure on the whistleblower website not to release the , saying they posed greater risks than previously released files.

"We still are hopeful that will not publish those documents and put further lives at risk," said Pentagon spokesman Colonel David Lapan.

"We are concerned that the additional documents that they have may cause even greater risks than the ones they released previously," he said, calling them "potentially more damaging".

However, the Australian former computer hacker said that "We proceed cautiously and safely with this material as it was always intended... line by line."

Assange vowed that all the documents would be published but that there would be some redactions including "the names of innocent parties that are under reasonable threat".

WikiLeaks has already released 76,000 classified documents about the war, including of allegations that Pakistani spies met with the Taliban and that deaths of innocent civilians at the hands of international forces were covered up.

But the documents also included the names of some Afghan informants, prompting claims that the leaks have endangered lives.

The website said last month that it had delayed the release of the final 15,000 documents "as part of a harm minimization process demanded by our source".

"After further review, these reports will be released, with occasional redactions, and eventually in full, as the security situation in Afghanistan permits."

Daniel Schmitt, a WikiLeaks spokesman in Germany, has previously said that the site wanted to open a line of communication with the Pentagon to review the final documents, in order to "make redactions so they can be safely published."

The Pentagon however has insisted it never received any such request from WikiLeaks, while Assange said on Thursday that the site had received "no assistance, despite repeated requests, from the White House or the Pentagon".

The site, which styles itself as "the first intelligence agency of the people," was founded in December 2006 and invited would-be whistleblowers from around the world to make anonymous contributions.

The Pentagon and the Federal Bureau of Investigation swiftly launched an investigation into the case when it came to light July 25.

WikiLeaks has never identified the source of the Afghan files but suspicion has fallen on Bradley Manning, a US Army intelligence analyst under arrest for allegedly leaking video of a 2007 US Apache helicopter strike in Baghdad in which civilians died.

In an open letter to Assange, media rights group Reporters with Borders said it "regrets the incredible irresponsibility you showed when posting your article 'Afghan War Diary 2004 - 2010' on the WikiLeaks website on 25 July."

The group said WikiLeaks had in the past played a useful role by making public information that exposed violations of human rights committed in the name of the US "war against terror".

"But revealing the identity of hundreds of people who collaborated with the coalition in Afghanistan is highly dangerous.

"It would not be hard for the Taliban and other armed groups to use these documents to draw up a list of people for targeting in deadly revenge attacks," it said.

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Sean_W
3 / 5 (2) Aug 14, 2010
Well hey, if those Afghan civilians did not want their heads cut off or their faces doused with acid they should not have collaborated with the Kafir-backed, democratically elected regime. So leak away Mr. Assange. People like you are what humanity is all about - and are the reason why I become more misanthropic every day. I wish the whole world could have the privilege of living under Taliban rule.
KBK
1 / 5 (1) Aug 14, 2010
And I wish the whole world did not have to put up with misinformed people believing the lies of their controlled media, due to their desire to remain in ignorance of truths.

Truth is that America has laid waste to about 50 countries in the years since it's creation.

In this past 10 years alone, it has been directly involved in the murder of over 2 million people in Afghanistan and Iraq, alone. Besides polluting their soil (Take Falluja, for example) with depleted uranium to the tune of being FAR, FAR WORSE that Hiroshima and Nagasaki. We're talking PERMANENT cancer and mutation, no release, no end. Forever.

Then, the depleted uranium dust getting into the airstream...has caused diabetes to go up in the UK and Europe for example, to the tune of over 600%.

Nevermind the level of death among the US armed forces, which is unacknowledged and hidden from the public.

So tell me again of the righteousness of the US government/people and their shining ethnics and grand moral compass.
abadaba
1 / 5 (1) Aug 15, 2010
KBK, obviously you're getting lies from some source as well. Where is your source (a reliable one not some cooky conspiracy enthusiast) which says A. diabetes can be caused by depleted uranium dust (lol), and B. that the diabetes rate in Europe has raised 600% and over what time period. It's people like you, who care more about "uncovering truths" than protecting human life, that everyone else has to "put up with". Save your BS for all your hippie friends
Also, not to diminish the seriousness of cancer, but how can you say anywhere is worse than a site that was hit directly by a nuclear weapon? Also do you understand what radiation is? By it's nature it is unstable and decays over a period of time (somewhere around 30 years, which is still horrible). Your post seems like a horrible sample platter of different misinformed rants you've received from your weirdo friends. If you're from the US please leave.
mrlewish
not rated yet Aug 16, 2010
Did the pentagon say lives at risk or lies at risk?