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Leaks Expose IDs Of Afghan Informants

From the UK’s Times:

Afghan leaks expose the identities of informants

Tom Coghlan, Defence Correspondent and Giles Whittell, Washington
July 27 2010

Hundreds of Afghan lives have been put at risk by the leaking of 90,000 intelligence documents because the files identify informants working with Nato forces.

In just two hours of searching the WikiLeaks archive, The Times found the names of dozens of Afghans credited with providing detailed intelligence to US forces. Their villages are given for identification and also, in many cases, their fathers’ names.

US officers recorded detailed logs of the information fed to them by named local people, particularly tribal elders. Julian Assange, the WikiLeaks founder, claimed on Monday that all the documents released through his organisation had been checked for named informants and that 15,000 such documents had been held back.

What a shock that we cannot count on the expertise and integrity of Mr. Assange.

The Afghan Government has reacted with horror to the volume of information contained in the files.

A senior official at the Afghan Foreign Ministry, who declined to be named, said: “The leaks certainly have put in real risk and danger the lives and integrity of many Afghans. The US is both morally and legally responsible for any harm that the leaks might cause to the individuals, particularly those who have been named. It will further limit the US/international access to the uncensored views of Afghans.”

The Pentagon claimed that a preliminary review of the thousands of secret reports released by WikiLeaks showed that they posed no immediate threat to US forces. But experts warned that the Taleban and al-Qaeda would already be using the information to identify and target informers in the war zone.

Isn’t it odd how the Pentagon officials could be so wrong. Maybe they should hire some “experts” instead of political hacks who are beholding to the Obama administration.

Robert Riegle, a former senior intelligence officer, said: “It’s possible that someone could get killed in the next few days.” Michael Hayden, a former Director of the CIA, said that militants would be able to find out “who was in the room” for the planning of specific operations, and then “would probably punish the traitor”.

But what does Michael Hayden know, anyway. Let’s ask Robert Gibbs.

Among the documents is a report from 2008 that includes a detailed interview with a Taleban fighter considering defection. He is named, with both his father’s name and village included. There is also detailed intelligence on other Taleban fighters and commanders in his area. The Times has withheld all details that would identify the man.

But, thankfully, anyone can find this information and more at the WikiLeaks site.

The man names local Taleban commanders and talks about other potential defectors. “The meeting ended with [X] agreeing to meet with intel personnel from the battalion,” the report reads. It is not known whether the man subsequently left the Taleban.

In other documents, named Afghans offered information accusing others of being Taleban. In one case from 2007, a senior official accuses named figures in the Government of corruption. In another from 2007, a report describes using a middleman to talk to an alleged Taleban commander who is identified.

“[X] said that he would be killed if he got caught interacting with any coalition forces, which is why he hides when we go into [Y],” the report reads.

In another report, American officers negotiate with a named Taleban fighter through the man’s brother and uncle. In all cases the dates and precise locations of the reports are included.

Mr Assange, appearing at the Frontline Club in London last night, said: “We held back 15,000 reports not because we viewed that they would be any threat to Western forces in Afghanistan but rather because some of them, a very, very few number, mentioned the names of local Afghanis that might have been subject to retribution. We’re not sure yet but we decided to pause.”

He claimed that WikiLeaks had implemented a “harm-minimisation policy” to weed out documents that could endanger the lives of Afghans.

When pressed by a lawyer in the audience on whether WikiLeaks had the expertise to apply such a policy, Mr Assange said: “We have read more leaked documents than any other organisation that’s not a spy agency on earth. If someone can apply this policy surely we can do it.”

Mr. Assange is an ass. And that is one of his better qualities.

Someone needs to give him a tour of Afghanistan, up close and personal.

This article was posted by Steve on Wednesday, July 28th, 2010. Comments are currently closed.

3 Responses to “Leaks Expose IDs Of Afghan Informants”

  1. Landshark says:

    In addition to the lie that he’s trying to protect Afghans, there is the issue that he cares not a whit that his actions will kill innocent Americans.

  2. Liberals Demise says:

    “Someone needs to give him a tour of Afghanistan, up close and personal.”

    I am all for packin’ his worthless arse onto a missile hard point on a Predator then dropping him into a nest of fellow haters.

    Notice all the (face) rage coming from this regime but not one ounce of action.
    Arizona is getting more action from the Feds than from this act of treason.

    The days of countries helping US are over due to this incompetence and lack of balls!

  3. sheehanjihad says:

    This Assange freak needs an old fashioned ass beating. I would put out a covert hit on this POS, and pay a bonus if it was carried out while he was on camera. I hate lying betrayers like him. He is in the same realm as child molesters, heroin dealers, and Congress….not worth anything more than a dirt bed. I am sick of people like him….most of whom work at the New York Times….and I fervently hope that an accident befalls him soon….God Damn that miserable puddle of vomit….

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