Pentagon: WikiLeaks Risks the ‘Lives of Our Troops’

October 23, 2010

(ChattahBox World News)—-The massive WikiLeaks drop yesterday of 391,832 U.S. classified military documents from the Iraq war, landed with a big explosion that reverberated within the Pentagon and around the world. The Pentagon condemned the leak of stolen war documents, blasting WikiLeaks for deliberately placing our troops in harm’s way. Making headlines overseas, is the under-reporting of Iraqi civilian deaths, as well as the disturbing details of detainee abuse by Iraqi soldiers that was largely ignored by U.S. led coalition forces.

Although the ream of secret war documents don’t appear to reveal anything earth-shattering that we didn’t already know about Bush and Cheney’s cluster f*ck of a war, the endless and detailed reports paint a vivid picture of the poorly planned and badly executed war that fostered an environment for detainee abuse. And yes, we knew that. Remember Abu Ghraib?

ABC News filed an initial report on the dump of nearly 400,000 classified documents:

“The whistle-blowing website WikiLeaks today released a trove of classified reports that it said documented at least 109,000 deaths in the Iraq war, more than the United States previously has acknowledged, as well as what it described as cases of torture and other abuses by Iraqi and coalition forces.” […]

“A review of the documents by Iraq Body Count, an advocacy group that long has monitored civilian casualties in the war, found 15,000 previously unknown civilian deaths, according to WikiLeaks — a detail first reported in The Guardian newspaper, one of a handful of international news organizations that got an advance look at the documents.”

“The U.S. military long has maintained that it does not keep an official death tally, but earlier this month following a Freedom of Information Act request, the Pentagon said some 77,000 Iraqis had been killed from 2004 to mid-2008 — a shorter period than that covered by WikiLeaks.”

Of those deaths, 66,000 are believed to be civilian deaths. Wikileaks says this death toll makes the Iraq War more deadly than the conflict in Afghanistan.

“For comparison, the ‘Afghan War Diaries’, previously released by WikiLeaks, covering the same period, detail the deaths of some 20,000 people. Iraq during the same period, was five times as lethal with equivallent population size,” says WikiLeaks.

WikiLeaks calls the classified documents “The Iraq War Logs” and says the files show evidence of “war crimes.”

“They detail events as seen and heard by the US military troops on the ground in Iraq and are the first real glimpse into the secret history of the war that the United States government has been privy to throughout,” reads the WikiLeaks press release accompanying the document drop.

Pentagon Press Secretary Geoff Morrell released a statement condemning the release of sensitive military documents. “We strongly condemn the unauthorized disclosure of classified information,” said Morrell, adding the documents “expose secret information that could make our troops even more vulnerable to attack in the future…”

The Pentagon also released a statement deploring the release of stolen classified military documents.

“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,” read the Pentagon’s statement in part.

Watch the ABC News report:

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