Here are the latest developments regarding the website Wikileaks.org publishing alleged military and diplomatic documents pertaining to the war in Afghanistan.
– President Barack Obama learned of the pending WikiLeaks posting of classified military documents last week, White House Press Secretary Robert Gibbs said Monday.
Gibbs said the public release of the documents was "a breach of federal law."
"Whenever you have the potential for names and operations and programs to be out there in the public domain, besides being against the law, it has the potential to be very harmful" to military personnel and others, Gibbs said.
– The United States' relationship with Pakistan is "not markedly changed" by information in classified military documents posted by WikiLeaks, White House Press Secretary Robert Gibbs said Monday.
– Classified military documents posted by WikiLeaks contained no major new revelations, White House Press Secretary Robert Gibbs said Monday.
"In terms of broad revelations, there aren't any that we see in these documents," Gibbs said.
However, Gibbs said the public posting of names of military personnel and their sources, as well as details of operations, could do harm.
– House Armed Services Committee Chairman Ike Skelton, D-Missouri, charged Wikileaks with "recklessness" for leaking the papers. "Our nation's secrets are classified for a reason, and the release of classified documents could put our national security - and the lives of our men and women in combat - at serious risk," he said.
– British Foreign Secretary William Hague said, "A good deal of progress is being made in building up the capacity of the Afghan state and Afghanistan working together with so many nations in the world. I hope any leaks will not poison that atmosphere and I do not think they will."
– WikiLeaks.org published what it says are about 76,000 United States military and diplomatic reports about Afghanistan filed between 2004 and January of this year.
– WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange says leaked United States military reports from Afghanistan appear to contain "evidence of war crimes" by both the U.S. and Taliban forces. "This material doesn't just reveal occasional abuse by the U.S. military," he said. "Of course it has U.S. military reporting on all sort of abuses by the Taliban... So it does describe the abuses by both sides in this war."
– Assange says the documents include the military's own raw data on the war, including numbers of those killed, casualties and threat reports
– The United States has "strongly condemned" the release of the documents, calling it "irresponsible." The Department of Defense will not comment on them until the Pentagon has had a chance to look at them, a department official told CNN.
– CNN has not independently confirmed the authenticity of the documents.
– Assange said the team at WikiLeaks has itself read only 1,000 to 2,000 of the documents.
– Assange said the website held back about 15,000 documents from Afghanistan to protect individuals who informed on the Taliban and will publish those reports after editing out their names.
– The New York Times reported Sunday that military field documents included in the release suggest that Pakistan, an ally of the United States in the war against terror, has been running something of a "double game," allowing "representatives of its spy service to meet directly with the Taliban in secret strategy sessions to organize networks of militant groups that fight against American soldiers in Afghanistan, and even hatch plots to assassinate Afghan leaders."
– Afghan government spokesman Siamak Herawi said, "the Afghan government is shocked," and charged that Washington needed to deal with Pakistani intelligence, known as the ISI. "There should be serious action taken against the ISI, who has a direct connection with the terrorists," he said.
– Gen. Hamid Gul, the former head of Pakistan's intelligence service who is mentioned numerous times in the Wikileaks reports, called the accusations lies. "These reports are absolutely and utterly false," Gul said Monday. "I think they [the United States] are failing and they're looking for scapegoats."