Wikileaks to release third set of war logs ’seven times bigger than earlier ones’

November 23rd, 2010 - 5:22 pm ICT by ANI  

Taliban Washington, Nov 23 (ANI): The whistle-blowing website ‘Wikileaks’ has announced that it would release a third set of war logs that would be seven times bigger than the earlier documents, which stirred controversy around the world.

The website had already made public nearly 500,000 classified U.S. files on the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan earlier this year.

On its official Twitter account, Wikileaks’ founders said that it was ‘under intense pressure’ over the disclosure, but vowed that they would still go ahead with their plans release some more documents.

“The coming months will see a new world, where global history is redefined. Keep us strong,” the Daily Mail quoted the founders, as saying.

They also indicated that a far larger set of war logs could contain even more damaging revelations about similar crimes, or highlight entirely new incidents involving coalition troops. They also raise the possibility of individual officers being named as perpetrators of ‘war crimes’ and special forces agents in the field having their identities revealed.

Although it is not yet clear what the new logs would cover, it is expected to total as many as three million documents.

Wikileaks had released its first batch of informations about the war in Afghanistan and gave a grim picture of the day-to-day struggle against the Taliban and the frustrations of trying to train the Afghan police.

The second covered the period in the occupation of Iraq between 2004 and 2009 and contained revelations that America failed to investigate hundreds of reports of abuse, rape, torture and murder by Iraqi police and soldiers.

The information also revealed that more than 15,000 civilians died in the earlier unknown incidents. Although U.S. and UK officials had insisted that no official record of civilian casualties existed, the logs recorded 66,081 non-combatant deaths out of a total of 109,000 fatalities. (ANI)

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