Tuesday 16 January 2018

WikiLeaks pledges to publish more war papers


WikiLeaks will soon publish its remaining 15,000 documents on the war in Afghanistan despite warnings from the US government, the organisation's founder said yesterday.

The Pentagon has said that secret information would be even more damaging to security and risk more lives than WikiLeaks' initial release of some 76,000 war documents.

"This organisation will not be threatened by the Pentagon or any other group," WikiLeaks founder and spokesman Julian Assange told reporters in Stockholm.

"We proceed cautiously and safely with this material."

He said WikiLeaks was about halfway though a "line-by-line review" of the 15,000 documents and expected to publish them within weeks.

Mr Assange said "innocent parties who are under reasonable threat" would be redacted from the material.

The first documents released in WikiLeaks' 'Afghan War Diary' laid bare classified military documents covering the war in Afghanistan from 2004 to 2010. The release angered US officials, energised critics of the Nato-led campaign, and drew the attention of the Taliban, which has promised to use the material to track down people that it considers traitors.

That has aroused the concern of several human rights group operating in Afghanistan as well as Reporters Without Borders, which has accused WikiLeaks of recklessness.

WikiLeaks describes itself as a public service organisation for whistleblowers, journalists and activists.

Mr Assange was also in Sweden to investigate claims that the website was not covered by laws protecting anonymous sources in the country.

He confirmed that Wiki- Leaks passes information through Belgium and Swe-den "to take advantage of laws there".

But some experts have said the site did not have the publishing certificate needed for full protection in Sweden.

Sunday Independent

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