Classfied Afghanistan War Documents Leaked

By: CBS
By: CBS

U.S.-Pakistani relations may hit a bump in the road due to the leaking of tens-of-thousands of classified documents about our involvement in the war in Afghanistan.

The White House is condemning what's being called one of the biggest leaks in intelligence history. Sunday, whistleblower website Wikileaks posted more than 90,000 classified military records detailing six years of the Afghanistan war.

The bombshell leak includes unreported incidents of Afghan civilian killings and covert operations against Taliban figures. The New York Times was granted early access to the documents and says they also suggest the U.S. feared that Pakistan may have actually helped the Taliban.

In a statement Sunday, President Obama's National Security Advisor, Gen. James Jones called the leak a threat to national security which “could put the lives of Americans and our partners at risk."

Tara Mergener reports, “The documents are largely what's called "raw intelligence" – reports from junior officers in the field that analysts use to advise policymakers.”

The Wikileaks website first gained international attention in April when it posted [a] classified helicopter cockpit video of a 2007 attack in Baghdad.

The clip apparently shows U.S. army helicopters firing on suspected insurgents but among the dead were believed to be two journalists.

The military has charged 22-year-old army specialist Bradley Manning with passing along the information.

As for this latest leak, one U.S. official says it may take days to comb through all of the documents and figure out exactly how much damage has been done.

The Obama Administration points out that the documents describe a period from January 2004 to December 2009, before President Obama announced a new strategy for the war in Afghanistan.


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