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White House condemns release of military files

July 26, 2010

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— The White House condemned the public release of what appear to be some 90,000 U.S. military records Sunday, as a handful of international media organizations given early access to the documents began to disclose their account of the war in Afghanistan.

In a written release, President Barack Obama’s national security adviser deplored the “disclosure of classified information” that he said could put the lives of Americans and U.S. partners at risk and threaten national security.

The website Wikileaks made no effort to contact the U.S. government about the documents, said Gen. James Jones, who said the administration learned from news organizations that the documents would be posted.

The website provided the documents ahead of time to The New York Times, the Guardian of London and the German magazine Der Spiegel, and journalists from those organizations went to the White House for comment. The Tribune Washington Bureau has not thoroughly reviewed the documents nor verified their authenticity.

According to The New York Times, the documents refer to previously unreported incidents of Afghan civilian deaths in the NATO military operations in Afghanistan.

The documents also appear to include classified cables and other communications among military leaders, and describe in detail long-reported U.S. fears that some intelligence officials in Pakistan were actually helping the Taliban in Afghanistan, even as the U.S. poured foreign aid into both countries.

Of particular note is that the documents reportedly say the Taliban has acquired surface-to-air missiles. If true, it could help explain recent crashes of NATO and U.S. helicopters in Afghanistan — which could have a significant effect on ground operations.

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Tom Shewmon 4 years ago

Timeline? I assume the past 1 1/2 years, since The Anointed One is not happy and there's been an increase in drone usage.

"According to The New York Times, the documents refer to previously unreported incidents of Afghan civilian deaths in the NATO military operations in Afghanistan."


"Of particular note is that the documents reportedly say the Taliban has acquired surface-to-air missiles. If true, it could help explain recent crashes of NATO and U.S. helicopters in Afghanistan — which could have a significant effect on ground operations."

Hmm, not good. Shoe's on the other foot and how will Obama's media treat him on this? Where's the protestors? Code Pink? What do my valued leftist LJW neighbors say about the matter?

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uncleandyt 4 years ago

Same feet, New shoes ! Our loudest media personalities seem ready to launch the Conservative Peace Movement. You, my friend, will be invited to be a "protester". Don't forget to support the troops, as support for The Mission flip-flops. CodePink has a website that will tell you where they are and will be. Start a Kansas patriot chapter?

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beatrice 4 years ago

Tom, Obama is our elected President of the United States. He is not, nor ever has been "Anointed." You are nothing but a party-over-country sore loser. Quit whining already.

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just_another_bozo_on_this_bus 4 years ago

Unlike you, Tom, I'm not merely a knee-jerk partisan.

The war in Afghanistan was a horrific mistake from day one, and Obama was wrong to escalate it, as the release of these documents reveals.

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normal_entire_route 4 years ago

Agreed just_ Tom mocks and name calls no matter the seriousness of the issue at hand. Just think what all the money we've spent on bad wars could have done for our country and our economy...

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uncleandyt 4 years ago

Calling all righties !! Don't miss the new bandwagon ! You are about to be convinced that you are against the war, and that you have always been against the war. Awesome

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beatrice 4 years ago

Bozo, I strongly disagree with you on this. The war in Afghanistan was sadly necessary following the attack of 9/11. Unfortunately, the mistake, as you and most thinking people know, was going into Iraq. Had we concentrated on Afghanistan, I believe things would be radically different today, and there still wouldn't be WMDs in Iraq.

If these documents really are classified, then the person or people responsible for leaking the information should be jailed. I don't care how high up the ladder it goes.

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