How the Pentagon aims to prevent more Wikileaks releases
After the Wikileaks release of 400,000 documents on Iraq, Deputy Secretary of Defense William Lynn explained some of the new monitoring tools being considered.
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What else does Wikileaks have?
Among the highlights from organizations that combed through the documents weeks before they were publicly released were a much higher civilian death toll than had been previously acknowledged by the US military, which had said it did not keep figures of Iraqi casualties.Skip to next paragraph
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Wikileaks is believed to have another 15,000 other classified documents from the Afghan war, up to 260,000 diplomatic cables, and a video of casualties in Afghanistan it has yet to release. The Pentagon said Tuesday that it may have even more.
“We have reason to believe they have other documents as well,” said spokesman Col. David Lapan. “We don’t know exactly everything that Wikileaks has. We believe we know some of what they have.”
UN officials call for investigations
The UN High Commissioner for Human Rights on Tuesday called for a US and Iraqi investigation in the wake of the latest Wikileaks release. The files from the Iraq war indicated that the US military received numerous reports from its own soldiers that Iraqi prisoners were being tortured by Iraqi security forces but continued to transfer them to Iraqi custody.
The US has said and continues to say that Iraq was a sovereign country that was not under American control.
The UN’s chief investigator on torture allegations said the US should appoint a special investigator or independent panel to investigate the transfer of detainees. He said handing over detainees known to be at serious risk of torture marked a violation of the UN Convention Against Torture.
Translating Wikileaks files into Arabic
The thought that such a large scale of documents could have been obtained by a low-ranking US Army soldier has prompted disbelief among many Iraqis that the documents are real.
“We all know they are fake,” says one university professor. Some Iraqi newspapers have suggested the Iraq documents have been manufactured by neighboring countries to sow political turmoil.
Others says Iraqis have not yet had time to absorb the impact of the hundreds of thousands of documents, all of them in English.
“I think the volume of the information is so big the consequences will be coming up day after day,” says newspaper editor Ismael Zaer.
Mr. Zaer, editor of Sabah al-Jadeed, says he has hired a team of six interpreters working on translating the documents into Arabic.
“We would like to translate it all – we will not let it go,” he says. “We have a lot of assumptions about what happened in the country but now we have facts about what happened.”