WikiLeaks Releases Classified Documents On Iraq War; Death Toll Between 109,000-285,000
WikiLeaks has offered up the largest-ever release of classified military documents that puts the death count at between 109,000 and 285,000. WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange is pictured.
Those documents include evidence of state sanctioned torture by the Iraqi government, new evidence of Iraqi government death squads, and Iran’s involvement in funneling arms to Shiite militias, according to Arab news channel Al Jazeera, which has been able to review the documents before their release.
Department of Defense spokesman Col. David Lapan expresses the government’s reaction:
“We deplore WikiLeaks for inducing individuals to break the law, leak classified documents and then cavalierly share that secret information with the world, including our enemies. We know terrorist organizations have been mining the leaked Afghan documents for information to use against us and this Iraq leak is more than four times as large. By disclosing such sensitive information, WikiLeaks continues to put at risk the lives of our troops, their coalition partners and those Iraqis and Afghans working with us. The only responsible course of action for WikiLeaks at this point is to return the stolen material and expunge it from their websites as soon as possible.”Click here for reuse options!
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