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WikiLeaks To Release Remaining 15K Files

From a cheering Associated Press:

WikiLeaks preparing to release more Afghan files

By RAPHAEL G. SATTER and ANNE FLAHERTY
August 12, 2010

LONDON — WikiLeaks spokesman Julian Assange said Thursday his organization is preparing to release the rest of the secret Afghan war documents it has on file. The Pentagon warned that would be more damaging to security and risk more lives than the organization’s initial release of some 76,000 war documents…

The Pentagon says it believes it has identified the additional 15,000 classified documents, and said Thursday that their exposure would be even more damaging to the military than what has already been published.

Pentagon Press Secretary Geoff Morrell described the prospective publication as the "height of irresponsibility."

"It would compound a mistake that has already put far too many lives at risk," he said.

Of course, that is exactly the point.

Speaking via videolink to London’s Frontline Club, Assange brushed aside the Pentagon’s demands that he stop publishing their intelligence. He gave no specific timeframe for the release of the 15,000 remaining files, but said his organization had gone through about half of them.

"We’re about 7,000 reports in," he said, describing the process of combing through the files to ensure that no Afghans would be hurt by their disclosure as "very expensive and very painstaking."

Still, he told the audience that he would "absolutely" publish them. He gave no indication whether he would give the documents to media outlets The New York Times, The Guardian, and Der Spiegel — as he has before — or simply dump them on the Wikileaks website

No matter where these files show up our watchdog media can be counted on to do their jobs and publish whatever information they adjudge to be the most harmful to the US cause.

The Pentagon has a task force of about 100 people reading the leaked documents to assess the damage done and working, for instance, to alert Afghans who might be identified by name and now could be in danger.

Taliban spokesmen have said they would use the material to try to hunt down people who’ve been cooperating with what the Taliban considers a foreign invader. That has aroused the concern of several human rights group operating in Afghanistan — as well as Paris-based media watchdog Reporters Without Borders, which on Thursday accused Wikileaks of recklessness.

Jean-Francois Julliard, the group’s secretary-general, said that WikiLeaks showed "incredible irresponsibility" when posting the documents online.

"WikiLeaks has in the past played a useful role by making information available … that exposed serious violations of human rights and civil liberties which the Bush administration committed in the name of its war against terror," Julliard said in an open letter to Assange posted to his group’s website.

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

Besides, that criminal Bush is no longer President.

WikiLeaks, through its account on micro-blogging website Twitter, dismissed the letter as "some idiot statement, based on a bunch of quotes we never made."

Yes, these juvenile clowns can be trusted to decide what is and what isn’t dangerous information that should be withheld.

While he acknowledged that some of the critiques leveled at his group were legitimate, he said the Pentagon — as well as human rights groups — had so far refused to help WikiLeaks purge the name of Afghan informants from the files…

Defense Department spokesman Col. David Lapan dismissed WikiLeaks’ claims that they were reviewing the documents and removing information that could harm civilians.

"They don’t have the expertise to determine what might be too sensitive to publish," he said. As for when the Pentagon expected WikiLeaks to release the documents, Lapan said: "WikiLeaks is about as predictable as North Korea."

Which is understandable, since Wikileaks and North Korea’s political goals are practically identical.

Though, to be fair, North Korea is probably as not as spiteful.

This article was posted by Steve on Friday, August 13th, 2010. Comments are currently closed.

7 Responses to “WikiLeaks To Release Remaining 15K Files”

  1. oldpuppydixie says:

    TRANSLATION: The leftist whack-jobs at Wikileaks have finally scrubbed Hussein’s name from any remaining documents. They are therefore ready for publication.

  2. Right of the People says:

    Can’t we just send Delta to visit these Wikiclowns and remove the irritation?

  3. NoNeoCommies says:

    When will people start tracking him via social networks like they do celebrities in New York?

  4. Deserat says:

    “While he acknowledged that some of the critiques leveled at his group were legitimate, he said the Pentagon — as well as human rights groups — had so far refused to help WikiLeaks purge the name of Afghan informants from the files…”

    He expects the people who are harmed by his actions to help him? He isn’t thinking about the collateral damage but still wants to be absolved of his guilt. Actions have consequences and he has a responsibility to own up to the consequences. This just adds to the perception one gets that his ‘noble’ aims are not.

  5. Mithrandir says:

    So much for a transparent government…..


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