Wikileaks Preparing to Release More Secret War Documents

By: CBS
By: CBS

Wikileaks says it's preparing to release another batch of secret Afghan war documents.

Wikileaks is about to do it again.

"We have a duty to all the people who can benefit from the release of that information," said Julian Assange, Wikileaks founder.

Assange says his organization will soon release thousands more secret military documents about the Afghan war.

He didn't give a specific time frame but revealed his staff has already gone through roughly half of the 15,000 remaining records.

"This information is so valuable," said Assange.

The online whistleblower sparked a firestorm last month when it posted some 76,000 files. The Pentagon blasted the leak – one of the largest in U.S. history – saying it put American troops and Afghan informants at risk.

Military officials believe they've identified the additional batch of documents, but they fear a second leak could be even more damaging than the last.

Pentagon press secretary Geoff Morrell slammed the decision to post more records saying, “It would compound a mistake that has already put far too many lives at risk."

Assange claims the Pentagon refuses to help sift through the files and black out the names of Afghan informants.

The Taliban has already said it's using the records to track down sources, a fact Assange reluctantly acknowledges.

"That's what happens in war,” he said. “That is a time of war and spies are tried in war."

Assange claims releasing the documents could save thousands of lives, but many wonder at what cost.


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