WikiLeaks Founder Julian Assange Defends Release Of Classified DocumentsOctober 25th, 2010 - 1:53 am ICT by GD
By Gina Gomez
Oct 24, (THAINDIAN NEWS) WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange addressed a news conference in London over the weekend where he talked about the 77,000 classified Pentagon documents about the Afghan war that has been published in his whistle-blowing website in the past few weeks. In the press conference that was attended by thousands of journalist from all across the world, the WikiLeaks editor-in-chief was accompanied by Pentagon analyst Daniel Ellsberg with both of them having some harsh words for the Obama administration for its response to the secret documents that have been published.
During Saturday’s news conference in London, Julian Assange emphasized that the release of the classified information about the U.S. handling of the Afghan conflict provided the most ‘comprehensive and detailed’ account of any war in the public domain. At the same time, while talking to the reporters, Pentagon analyst Daniel Ellsberg stated that the manner in which President Barack Obama’s government was responding to the documents puts the nation in a similar path to the kind of repressive legal framework that Britain had to face under the Official Secrets Act.
In the meanwhile, US Secretary of State, Hillary Clinton has criticized the disclosure of the classified documents in the public domain reiterating that might pose a threat to national security or even make the coalition forces and civilians vulnerable to some kind of risk. Moreover, the British ministry of Defense has also lashed out at the whistle-blowing website WikiLeaks saying that it has put at risk the lives of British soldiers while condemning the release of the classified information.
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