August 13th, 2010
02:42 PM ET

New Wikileaks documents feared "even more damaging"

The Pentagon fears that the 15,000 leaked documents about the war in Afghanistan that website WikiLeaks says it will soon post are "potentially even more damaging" than the more than 70,000 already published, said Pentagon spokesman Col. Dave Lapan.

The Pentagon does not know exactly what is in the new documents, but that officials "have looked at what we believe is the source of those documents, as well as the Task Force assessment of what's already out there," said Lapan. The Pentagon is still hopeful Wikileaks will not publish the documents and "are concerned the new release will cause even greater risk to the troops," he said.

WikiLeaks has said it intends to publish the additional 15,000 documents soon, but is reviewing them to edit out names. At a press conference in London, England, on Thursday, WikiLeaks' founder Julian Assange said the company was about halfway through reviewing the documents.

The site has come under criticism from humanitarian groups who warned that the release of documents naming civilians that work with international forces could endanger lives. Assange has been asked by those groups to further censure those documents already published in addition to being more careful in releasing documents going forward.

Meanwhile, the Pentagon is looking at ways to better protect information, said Lapan. There "have been no broad changes yet" in how the military allows access to classified material, said Lapan. But officials are looking at ways to better balance the need for information with the risk of security breach. "There's nothing concrete yet, but we're certainly looking at that."

soundoff (12 Responses)
  1. xdiesp

    Fear is the key word here, dear corporate news. Go Wikileaks!

    August 13, 2010 at 2:52 pm | Report abuse |
    • nbgsx

      You obiously do not understand that the lives of many people are at stake here. It is easy to say stuff like we have a right to know this information, but we don't. Because if they are accessible to us they are also accessible to the enemy. Is that what you really want? It is so easy for you to say Yeah we have a right to know when your life is not at risk.

      August 13, 2010 at 6:02 pm | Report abuse |
    • notoj

      @nbgsx Tax payer have every right to know whats going on in a war they fund. Since the history of US combat in Iraq involves lies to the American people (Jessica Lynch, Pat Tillman). People are at risk everytime a bomb is dropped or a shot fired. What is the enemy going to read that we are heartless killers. I think they know that.

      September 1, 2010 at 2:55 pm | Report abuse |
  2. reaper

    You will never elude us

    August 13, 2010 at 4:50 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Jason

    Used a predator drone on wiki and their founder.

    August 13, 2010 at 6:17 pm | Report abuse |
  4. r es

    funny how cnn has this on the back burner in order of importance
    cnn communist news network

    August 13, 2010 at 6:37 pm | Report abuse |
  5. r smith

    why is yhis on the back burner at cnn?

    August 13, 2010 at 6:38 pm | Report abuse |
  6. usaObama

    It would be a good time to declare an armistace. No more fighting for a month. Declare an armistace President for one month to help the desperate Pakistani's. What would it hurt? In a month from now we could still keep fighting Bush's Nams. This disaster could be an opportunity to show the world we aren't the Bush Crusader's in the war between good and evil. An armistice based on conditon no attacks on either side, and open boarders in the name of mercy for the ten's of millions poor, shoeless flood victums. Show the world we're Americans. We defend, we protect, we cure, we save and we feed. At the end after we and the world have saved the people up to their neck in water, a treaty conference could be held to either continue the Armistice or even to end this Vietnam war, that both sides are losing. The world must save these people. It's a chance for peace. Turn their minds from hate to thankfulness. Mr. President go before the U.N. with this proposal. Bush has left Alkaida in safety and our armies fighting Afghan Patriots, not terrorist. They're fighting to protect their country that was schock and awed. Alkaid is just acting like cheer leaders, enticing them to fight. Turn this situation around at the U.N. with a speach for emergency help, and an offer of a peace conference, with Ladin, Isreal, Hamas, England, France, China, Russia, and all the mid east countries. Save these drowning people. Say it is in the name of God. The Christian God and Muslum God, the same God. Tell them our God is your God and your God is our God. Tell the world how we we're attacked and we're justified in the hunt down of the terrorist, and it's got out of hand, because of bad leadership and lies. No names need to be mentioned. This is an opportunity to end these two Vietnams and work with all sides for resolutions, compromises and signed agreements. We must make them see our God is their God and their God is our God. What would it hurt. Maybe the Jew's, the Muslums and the Christians could come to the same conclusion that there is only one God, with many names. A peace conference in the name of God. How could any one refuse it? Save the drowning Pakistani's with all of the worlds power, and say it's in the name of the name of the one God, with many names. They will understand, even Ladin. The justified hunt down of terrorist has turned into two Vietnams, with a third on the horizon. A united nations combined effort might just safe their drowning children, and they will be obligate. Peace could come with the right man leading the effort. Your the only man on the face of the earth that could make this speach. The time is here, safe these people, bring the world together for a confernece, How great would it be if we we're bring our armies home with the world on good terms, no more terrorist. A agreement of peace that all sign. An agreement by Alkaida do stop all terrorist attacks on conditions of Amenesty, release of all prisoners, bending to some of Alkaida's wants. Like part of the pie. We're capitalist. We could prosper by bringing the shoeless people into our prosperity. It's called capitalization. Seek peace Mr. President the time is here.

    August 13, 2010 at 8:48 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Cannon

    It is hard to believe that Assange is being allowed to continue releasing information that could be harmful to innocent people. The blood truly is on his hands at this point. If he isn't already, he should be declared an enemy of the United States subject to immediate arrest for risking the lives of our intelligence assets.

    August 14, 2010 at 12:19 am | Report abuse |
  8. merv

    The CIA should assassinate the Wikileaks leaker. Simple as that. They have done much less in the matter of national security. Who cares if the world knows. Isreal would do it in a heartbeat and look other nations straight in the eye and deny it. In a nutshell-who will care and so what if they do,

    August 14, 2010 at 7:22 am | Report abuse |
  9. Lost28949

    Doesn't the media just draw more attention to wikileaks, causing more popularity and thus more potential leaks?

    August 15, 2010 at 10:38 am | Report abuse |
  10. Chuck

    I agree with merv. Wikileaks leaders should be assassinated. They are as real a threat to the U.S. and it's troops as Al Queda. While I don't agree with everything the U.S. government does and has done, the need for secrecy in military matters far exceeds the need to keep these repugnant glory seekers who participated in espionage alive. Put a bullet in their heads and be done with them. Maybe it will prevent other idiots from trying to do the same thing. War is ugly and sometimes war calls for drastic measures. All Wikileaks managed to do is further undermine the chance of success in Afghanistan since these leaks will make it even easier for al Queda to recruit. Since they also published the names of Afgany nationals who helped or sympathize with the U.S. they are also guilty of being accessories to those that have been or will be threatened, attacked or murdered.

    October 19, 2010 at 2:11 pm | Report abuse |