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WikiLeaks says evidence of war crimes in documents

By Associated Press
Monday, July 26, 2010 8:26 EDT
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WikiLeaks founder says evidence of war crimes in 91,000 leaked Afghanistan documents.

WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange says the release of U.S. military documents relating to the war in Afghanistan is like opening the files of East Germany’s secret Stasi police. He says there appears to be evidence of war crimes in the leaked documents.

The online whistle-blower WikiLeaks on Sunday posted some 91,000 leaked U.S. military records of six years of the war, including unreported incidents of Afghan civilian killings and covert operations against Taliban figures.

Assange told reporters Monday “it is up to a court to decide really if something in the end is a crime. That said … there does appear to be evidence of war crimes.”

He said what’s been reported so far has “only scratched the surface.”

The White House, Britain and Pakistan have all condemned the documents’ release.

THIS IS A BREAKING NEWS UPDATE. Check back soon for further information. AP’s earlier story is below.

LONDON (AP) — WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange says there appears to be evidence of war crimes in the thousands of pages of leaked U.S. military documents relating to the war in Afghanistan.

Assange told reporters Monday that “it is up to a court to decide really if something in the end is a crime. That said … there does appear to be evidence of war crimes in this material.”

On Sunday, the online whistle-blower WikiLeaks posted some 91,000 leaked U.S. military records of six years of the war, including unreported incidents of Afghan civilian killings and covert operations against Taliban figures. Both the White House and Downing Street have condemned the release.

But there may be more. Assange says that the group has files that concern every country in the world — though on other subjects.

Source: AP News

 
 
 
 
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