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WikiLeaks' Biggest Document Dump Yet Coming Monday
by David Knowles via Kismo - AOL Saturday, Oct 16 2010, 7:24pm
international / mass media / other press

What to Expect

Firstly, it should be noted by those unfamiliar with Oz culture that true Australians have an ACUTE sense of FAIR PLAY and JUSTICE -- those cultural characteristics stem from our cruel penal colony past and the need to cooperate in order to survive harsh conditions and overcome the odds.

Exposing heinous criminals, liars and mass murderers is par for the course; we salute Mr Julian Assange and his international team. May all of Washington DC, Wall St, the Pentagon and their servile allies choke on the TRUTH -- and may all the people of the world awaken to the FACT they are LIONS raised as sheep! Ed.

We are ONE


On Monday, the whistle-blower website WikiLeaks will release nearly 400,000 pages of classified U.S. Army documents on the war in Iraq, making it the single largest military leak in U.S. history. The number of documents will dwarf the 77,000 pages of sensitive material on the war in Afghanistan that WikiLeaks released in July.

In preparation for the arrival of the as-yet-unspecified material, the US military has set up a 120-person task force to begin reviewing a cache of classified documents it believes might be found in what WikiLeaks' embattled founder, Julian Assange, will make public, the AFP reported.

What will the documents say?

While it is unclear which documents WikiLeaks plans to release, officials in the Department of Defense believe they will likely be compiled from the "Significant Activities" files from the Iraq war, Wired reported.

According to GlobalSecurity.org, SigActs, as they are known, refer to "all incidents reported to Multi-National Force-Iraq (MNF-I) through daily Significant Activity Reports." In other words, the documents might contain information on potentially damning incidents in Iraq that were reported to the military, but not made public.

Wired also speculates that the documents might shed light on a range of issues, from possible instances of ethnic cleansing in Baghdad to lost U.S. guns to more secret U.S. prisons. A source also told Newsweek that some of the documents detail the involvement of U.S. forces in what was described as a "bloodbath."

Who leaked the documents to WikiLeaks?

Army intelligence analyst Bradley Manning allegedly confessed in May to supplying WikiLeaks with classified videos and documents that the website subsequently made public. Currently being held in solitary confinement at a military prison in Virginia, Manning is suspected in the Afghan war leak, as well as in the forthcoming Iraq war document dump, Wired reported. An investigation remains ongoing, however.

Where can one read the documents?

In addition to being made available on WikiLeaks' website, the classified material will also be released by The New York Times, The Guardian (U.K.), Der Spiegel (Germany) and Newsweek.

Copyright applies.

Another view of original video release.


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Pentagon asks [mass] media not to use leaked war files
by AP via stan - Boston Globe Tuesday, Oct 19 2010, 8:04am

WASHINGTON — The Pentagon asked media organizations yesterday not to publish any classified war files released by the WikiLeaks website as the United States braces for the potential disclosure of hundreds of thousands of secret Iraq war documents.

In July, WikiLeaks obtained and released nearly 77,000 classified military reports from Afghanistan. Now, the Pentagon says the group has as many as 400,000 documents from a military database on operations in Iraq.

WikiLeaks editor in chief Julian Assange downplayed expectations that a leak was imminent. In a Twitter post, Assange said such reports were coming from “a single tabloid blog’’ that had put out a “tremendous amount’’ of false information about his site.

Still, the military says its 120-member task force has been on high alert. The group has been reviewing the documents for weeks to determine what information might be compromised.

Marine Corps Colonel Dave Lapan, a Pentagon spokesman, told reporters that the military isn’t sure whether WikiLeaks has shared the Iraq war logs with any news organizations. But, he said, media should not disseminate the “stolen’’ information even if it’s already posted online by WikiLeaks.

“The concern is that WikiLeaks as an organization should not be made more credible by having credible news organizations facilitate what they’re doing,’’ Lapan said.

In a separate development, Swedish authorities rejected Assange’s request for residency, a potential setback in his efforts to gain protection from Swedish press freedom laws.

Assange also said his company has been cut off by a company that handled many of its donations. He blamed the financial cutoff on the US government, which denied any involvement.

Assange said London-based Moneybookers.com pulled the plug on its relationship with WikiLeaks over the summer, shortly after the website published the leaked documents.

© 2010 Globe Newspaper Company.


 
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