US commander denounces `reprehensible` Wikileaks
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Last Updated: Sunday, August 15, 2010, 21:56
  
Washington: The top US military commander in Afghanistan on Sunday blasted as "reprehensible" the release of Afghan war documents, saying that US partners named in them have been put at risk.

General David Petraeus's comments came in response to a threat by the founder of the whistleblowers' website WikiLeaks, Julian Assange, to make public another batch of secret documents in a "couple of weeks" despite mounting Pentagon protests.

WikiLeaks has already released 76,000 military documents from the Afghan conflict, but is still holding another 15,000 classified files.

In an interview with NBC's "Meet the Press," Petraeus said he was not sure what might be in them, but he said the files released so far have contained information that compromised people working with the international forces.

"As we have looked through it more and more, there are source names and in some cases there are actual names of individuals with whom we have partnered in difficult missions in difficult places.

"And obviously, that is very reprehensible."

He said the release of the documents, though consisting of raw documents that were not top secret, was "beyond unfortunate."

"I mean, this is a betrayal of trust," he said.

PTI


First Published: Sunday, August 15, 2010, 21:56


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