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US documents leaked online give inside look at war

WASHINGTON (AP) - The leak of 91,000 classified U.S. records on the Afghanistan war by the whistle-blower website Wikileaks.org is one of the largest unauthorized disclosures in military history.

The documents cover much of what the public already knows about the troubled nine-year conflict.

That includes U.S. special operations forces targeting militants without trial, Afghan civilians killed by accident, and U.S. officials' fury at alleged Pakistani intelligence cooperation with militants.

WikiLeaks posted the documents yesterday. The New York Times, London's Guardian newspaper and the German weekly Der Spiegel were given early access to the records.

The release was instantly condemned by U.S. and Pakistani officials as both potentially harmful and irrelevant to the situation now.

WikiLeaks says the release "did not generally include top-secret organizations."

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  • by Saga Location: SE Ky on Jul 26, 2010 at 03:52 PM
    More often than not, we need to know what is going on and we sometimes have to depend upon a group such as this to get to the core. However, with terrorism being rooted in this place makes this place a grave danger to all of the civilized world. The US is not the only country fighting this threat. Leaks such as this put the soldiers of the free world at great risk and emboldens the enemies of freedom. I wonder if 'our need to know' is what our soldiers in harmsway need...I wonder how many will punish now over the works of Wikileaks. Often times too, we don't have that 'need to know' and people such as this have the need to 'shut up'!


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