Pentagon asks media not to publish documents
REYKJAVIK — An Icelandic spokesman for WikiLeaks said the whistleblowing website would not publish some 400,000 secret military reports on the Iraq war on Monday, but would make new documents public “very soon.”
“There are rumours that have been floating around for some time, there is nothing you can do about it, they’re obviously not correct. I can confirm that there’s nothing coming out today,” Kristinn Hrafnsson told AFP.
“I can say with certainty that WikiLeaks will publish something very soon,” the close collaborator of WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange added.
“We don’t comment on what we are working on and don’t give any exact dates,” he said.
The Pentagon scoured through an Iraq war database Monday to prepare for potential fallout from an expected release by WikiLeaks of some 400,000 secret military reports.
The massive release, possibly early this week, is set to dwarf the whistleblower website’s publication of 77,000 classified US military documents on the war in Afghanistan in July, including the names of Afghan informants and other details from raw intelligence reports.
Pentagon spokesman Col. Dave Lapan told Reuters the timing of the leak remained unclear but the Defense Department was ready for a document dump as early as Monday or Tuesday, a possibility raised in previous WikiLeaks statements.
Still, people familiar with the upcoming leak told Reuters they do not expect WikiLeaks to release the classified files for at least another week.
“It’s the same team we put together after the publication of the (Afghan war documents),” Lapan said, adding it was unclear how many of the 120 personnel would be needed to contribute to the Iraq leak analysis.
With additional reporting by RAW STORY.