Newsweek sammenlikner dagens avsløringer med «The Pentagon papers», som de skriver ga » a sea change in the way that the American public viewed the war.»
This week is going to be all about Afghanistan. That’s thanks to Wikileaks, an online depository for the kinds of documents that are not, under any circumstances, supposed to be publicly disclosed, much less posted on the Internet. In an unprecedented development, close to 92,000 U.S. classified government documents chronicling five years of the war in Afghanistan have been leaked. As The New York Times puts it, they are, «a daily diary of an American-led force often starved for resources and attention as it struggled against an insurgency that grew larger, better coordinated and more deadly each year.»
Explosive Leaks Provide Image of War from Those Fighting. SPIEGEL, the New York Times and the Guardian have analyzed the raft of mostly classified documents. The war logs expose the true scale of the Western military deployment — and the problems beleaguering Germany’s Bundeswehr in the
The Afghan war logs, from which the Guardian reports today, consist of 92,201 internal records of actions by the US military in Afghanistan between January 2004 and December 2009 – threat reports from intelligence agencies, plans and accounts of coalition operations, descriptions of enemy attacks and roadside bombs, records of meetings with local politicians, most of them classified secret.
The Guardian’s source for these is Wikileaks, the website which specialises in publishing untraceable material from whistleblowers, which is simultaneously publishing raw material from the logs.
Washington fears it may have lost even more highly sensitive material including an archive of tens of thousands of cable messages sent by US embassies around the world, reflecting arms deals, trade talks, secret meetings and uncensored opinion of other governments.
Wikileaks’ founder, Julian Assange, says that in the last two months they have received yet another huge batch of «high-quality material» from military sources and that officers from the Pentagon’s criminal investigations department have asked him to meet them on neutral territory to help them plug the sequence of leaks. He has not agreed to do so.
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Afghanistan war logs: our selection of significant incidents
The full leaked database contains 92,201 records of individual events or intelligence reports. This is our selection of 300 of the key ones. We have ensured none includes information identifying intelligence sources or putting NATO troops at risk.
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