Pentagon bracing for release of 4,00,000 secret Iraq reports

The Pentagon scoured through an Iraq war database to prepare for potential fallout by WikiLeaks of 4,00,000 secret military reports.

Washington: The Pentagon scoured through an
Iraq war database on Monday to prepare for potential fallout from
an expected release by WikiLeaks of some 4,00,000 secret
military reports.

The massive release, possibly early this week, is set to
dwarf the whistle-blower website`s publication of 77,000
classified US military documents on the war in Afghanistan in
July, including the names of Afghan informants and other
details from raw intelligence reports. Another 15,000 are due
out soon.

In order to prepare for the anticipated release of
sensitive intelligence on the US-led Iraq war, officials set
up a 120-person task force several weeks ago to comb through
the database and "determine what the possible impacts might
be," said Colonel David Lapan, a Pentagon spokesman.

The Department of Defense is concerned the leak compiles
"significant activities" from the war, which include incidents
such as known attacks against coalition troops, Iraqi security
forces, civilians or infrastructure in the country.

The data was culled from an Iraq-based database that
contained "significant acts, unit-level reporting, tactical
reports, things of that nature," said Lapan, noting that
Pentagon officials still do not know how many and which
documents would be released.

He urged WikiLeaks to return the documents to the US
military, which he said found no need to redact them in the
interim.

"Our position is redactions don`t help, it`s returning
the documents to their rightful owner," Lapan said.

PTI

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