Monday, July 26, 2010

What's Up With WikiLeaks and the Afghanistan War?

What is and why is it in the news? The White House says the website is a security risk. Here are some resources so you can learn more.

The website appears to be offline currently, probably because it's getting so many hits or maybe its enemies are jamming it. According to a post at The Guardian's Comment is Free, WikiLeaks is "a Sweden based non-profit website that publishes leaked documents pertaining to government and corporate misconduct." And you can ferret through Wikipedia's page on the WikiLeaks project.

CNN's stories about the Afghan war leaks: Alleged war documents paint ground-level picture and What leaked documents are telling us about the Afghan war.

The AP story: "WikiLeaks Founder On Afghan War Diary: Evidence Of War Crimes In Leaked Documents"

From Foreign Policy Magazine:
Composed in large measure of "secret" reports and cables from the U.S. military, the initial review of the (92,000) documents reveals new details about multiple aspects of the war, including civilian casualties caused by international forces, the increased use of sometimes unreliable armed drones, Pakistan's alleged role in supporting various Taliban and militant factions and suspicion of Iranian involvement as well, secret special operations task forces that hunt Taliban ... read more
The New York Times: "View Is Bleaker Than Official Portrayal of War in Afghanistan"
A six-year archive of classified military documents made public on Sunday offers an unvarnished, ground-level picture of the war in Afghanistan that is in many respects more grim than the official portrayal.
The Washington Post: "White House, foreign allies downplay impact of classified document leak."

The New York Times: Leaks Add to Pressure on White House Over Strategy

Remember General McChrystal's resignation scandal: BlogHer

Gibbs at press conference talks of security concerns. Video below.

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