Pentagon: 76-Thousand Documents Leaked Online

WASHINGTON (AP) - The Pentagon says it will need days, if not weeks, to review all the classified documents posted online by a whistleblower group and assess the damage done.

In the meantime, it's not commenting on the contents. posted 76,000 reports to its website last night. It says it's preparing to release another 15,000 documents in the future.

The documents are described as battlefield reports compiled by various military units that provide an unvarnished look at combat in the past six years.

The White House says it didn't try to stop news organizations who had access to secret U.S. military documents from publishing reports about the leaks. But White House spokesman Robert Gibbs says it did ask Wikileaks to remove information in the documents that could harm U.S. military personnel.

It's not clear whether Wikileaks' decision to withhold 15,000 of its files is related to the White House request.

The Pentagon says it's still investigating the source of the documents.

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