White House Says WikiLeaks is National Security Threat

August 2nd, 2010 - 9:42 pm ICT by Angela Kaye Mason  

Aug 2 (THAINDIAN NEWS) The website known as ‘WikiLeaks’ has been urged by the White House to cease in putting the country’s national security at risk by posting secret documents on the subject of the Afghanistan War, as the Pentagon pushes it’s investigation of a major security breach which was done by a soldier who is being brought back to the United States for trial.

According to US administration officials, the actual investigation of these documents being released could go beyond members of the military and investigate other citizens. White House spokesman Robert Gobbs stated, “WikiLeaks’ online posting of mostly raw military-intelligence reports jeopardized national security and put the lives of Afghan informants and U.S. troops at risk.”

Meanwhile, Taliban spokesman, Zabihullah Mujahid, had this to say, “The Afghans named in the leaked documents were under scrutiny. We will investigate through our own secret service, whether the people mentioned are really spies working for the U.S. If they are U.S. spies, then we know how to punish them.”

The main focus of the Pentagon’s investigation so far has been Pfc. Bradley Manning, the Army Intelligence Analyst who was charged with leaking the famous helicopter video to WikiLeaks from Iraq. The cockpit video, which is classified, exposed a firefight which occurred in Bagdad which killed a photographer and his driver. The 22 year old soldier has also been charged for obtaining over 150,000 State Department cables which were classified, and releasing over 50 of them.

The White House is now urging that WikiLeaks not post anymore classified documents which are related to the war, stating that it is important for no further damage be done to the United Sates National Security.

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