Pentagon to media: Don't publish war leaks

Request instigated by Wikileaks' release of classified information

Published October 18, 2010 5:10PM (EDT)

The Pentagon is asking media organizations not to publish or post on websites classified war files released by the WikiLeaks Web site.

The Defense Department has been bracing for a possible leak of as many as many as 400,000 documents from a military database on the Iraq war. In July, the self-described whistleblower organization obtained and released nearly 77,000 records on Afgahnistan.

The documents are mostly field reports, summarizing actions taken by troops and intelligence gathered.

Secretary of Defense Robert Gates has told Congress that the July leak did not expose the nation's most sensitive intelligence secrets. But, he also maintained that the release still put put U.S. interests at risk because it exposed the names of some Afghans who had cooperated with U.S. forces.

By Anne Flaherty

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