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White House Reacts to Leaked Documents on WikiLeaks

Among tens of thousands of pages of what appears to be classified military reports leaked on the internet, highly sensitive information about the war in Afghanistan that concerns the white house.

“Besides being against the law, has a potential to be very harmful to those that are in our military,” says Robert Gibbs, White House Press Secretary.

More than 76 thousand war documents were posted to WikiLeaks.org Sunday night. The pentagon is reviewing the material to confirm it's authenticity and assess any danger to troops, a process that could take weeks.

The website's founder, Julian Assange, says it's important for the public to know the truth.

“We would like to see this material,” says Assange. “The revelations that this material gives be taken seriously, investigated by governments.”

Assange says the war logs-dating back to 2004- reveal a significantly higher number of civilian deaths and that Pakistan, a U.S. ally, has been secretly supporting al-Qaeda.

Pakistan's spy agency quickly denied that accusation, and the U.S. State Department says the documents do not represent what is currently going on.

“We have put in place over past several months a strong foundation working with Pakistan, working with Afghanistan on the situation that we confront today, is different than the one we confronted 2-3-4 years ago,” says P.J. Crowley, State Department Spokesperson.

Regarding Pakistan, the White House says the country is a strong ally and there's nothing new in the leaked documents that hasn't already been discussed publicly.


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