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06 August 2010 :: 15:08:34 pm 34524

Pentagon Demands Removal & Return of Leaked War Documents

The Pentagon has stopped short of threatening controversial website Wikileaks in demanding the removal and return of over 90,000 leaked secret documents on the Afghanistan war. The website posted all but 15,000 of the leaked reports, which reportedly endanger the lives of coalition soldiers and Afghan informants in the volatile regions.
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United States, the 5th of August 2010: A Pentagon spokesman acknowledged that the already-leaked documents’ “viral spread” across the internet made it unlikely they could ever recover all the revealed data. However, the Pentagon continues to demand Wikileaks “do the right thing” by handing over all the documents it has posted and refraining from uploading the remaining information.

The US military documents released last month detail civilian deaths, friendly-fire episodes and other ground-level incidents. They include allegations of Pakistani backing of the Taliban insurgents fight against the US-led coalition forces and indicate that the Taliban have acquired surface-to-air missiles.

Pentagon spokesman Geoff Morrell, branded as “obnoxious” by Wikileaks, has said, “We’re not looking to have a conversation about harm minimization. We are looking to have a conversation about how to get these perilous documents off the website as soon as possible, return them to their rightful owners and expunge them from their records. We are asking them to do the right thing.”

On the Wikileaks Twitter feed, Mr. Morrell’s demands have been described as coming close to a “formal threat.” The Pentagon however, continues to insist that they have had no direct contact with Wikileaks or its founder, Julian Assange.

The Pentagon is investigating whether Army PFC Bradley Manning leaked the documents. PFC Manning is already jailed in the US awaiting trial on charges he gave the website video of a deadly helicopter attack in Iraq that killed a Reuters photographer.

Reporter : John Weston   Photo : Internet   Category : World News

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