Stockholm: WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange
said on Wednesday the US Army has expressed willingness to discuss
the online whistleblower`s request for help in reviewing
classified documents from the Afghan war and removing
information that could harm civilians.
"This week we received contact through our lawyers that
the General Counsel of the US Army says now that they want to
discuss the issue," Assange told The Associated Press by
There was no immediate comment from Washington.
WikiLeaks has asked the Pentagon for help in reviewing
the documents to purge the names of Afghan informants from the
files. Last week, US State Department spokesman Mark Toner
said he was not aware of any effort by department officials to
Assange said today that "contact has been established"
but added it was not clear whether and how the US Army would
assist WikiLeaks. The General Counsel is the chief lawyer of
the US Army.
"It is always positive for parties to talk to each
other," Assange said. "We welcome their engagement."
He reiterated that WikiLeaks plans to release its second
batch of secret Afghan war documents within "two weeks to a
The first files in its "Afghan War Diary" laid bare
classified military documents covering the war in Afghanistan
from 2004 to 2010. The release angered US officials, energised
critics of the NATO-led campaign, and drew the attention of
the Taliban, which has promised to use the material to track
down people it considers traitors.