US needs few days to assess Afghanistan war leak papers

July 27th, 2010 - 1:07 pm ICT by ANI  

London, July 27 (ANI): The United States military has said that it could take few days to assess the impact of the leak of over 90,000 of its classified records on the war in Afghanistan.

“It could take days, if not weeks to go through the leaked documents,” the BBC quoted Pentagon spokesman Col Dave Lapan, as saying.

Lapan has called the release of these documents a “criminal act”, and said that the US officials are reviewing it to determine “whether they have revealed sources and methods,” which might endanger the US and coalition personnel.

Meanwhile, White House spokesman Robert Gibbs has said the leak did not reveal anything new about the nature of the war in Afghanistan, but the details revealed could be damaging.

“It has a potential to be very harmful to those that are in our military, those that are co-operating with our military and those that are working to keep us safe,” he said.

However, the founder of ‘Wikileaks’, Julian Assange responded by saying that he has no reason to doubt the reliability of the reports and the release of the material can be compared to the archives of the Stasi, the East German Secret Police.

” Wikileaks has tried hard to make sure that this material does not put innocents at harm, and had held back about 15,000 reports at the request of the source,” she said.

The White House has condemned the leak calling it a possible threat to national security. (ANI)

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