The publishing of nearly 400,000 classified military documents aims to reveal hidden truths about the Iraq war, the founder of WikiLeaks said Saturday.
"The attack on the truth by war begins long before war starts and continues long after a war ends," WikiLeaks editor-in-chief Julian Assange told reporters in London, England. "In our release of these 400,000 documents about the Iraq war, the intimate detail of that war from the U.S. perspective, we hope to correct some of that attack on the truth that occurred before the war, during the war and which has continued on since the war officially concluded."
The whistleblower website published the military documents from the Iraq war on Friday, calling it the largest classified military leak in history.
After the leak in July of more than 70,000 Afghanistan war documents, the website was heavily criticized by the U.S. government, the military and human rights groups for failing to redact names of civilians in the documents, putting them at risk of retaliation by the Taliban.
Pentagon officials had warned that it had similar concerns of exposure of Iraqi names.
The WikiLeaks site used new methodology to redact sensitive information from the classified Iraq war military documents, according to WikiLeaks' Kristinn Hrafnsson.
Hrafnsson said the website used new methodology, an electronic redaction method combined with tests done by groups of people.
"It can best be described as a reverse approach to redaction. At the outset, everything in all reports was deemed harmful and redacted until proven otherwise," Hrafnsson told reporters.