Wikileaks.Org’s Post Of Classified Afghan Reports Causes A Furor
July 25, 2010 | Dean Takahashi
Tens Of Thousands Of Alleged Afghan War Documents Go Online
(CNN) -- A whistle-blower website has published what it says are more than 90,000 United States military and diplomatic reports about Afghanistan filed between 2004 and January of this year.
WikiLeaks, a worldwide anonymous publisher of sensitive and confidential documents, is releasing what it says are 91,000 raw military reports from US units in Afghanistan. According to their website, WikiLeaks says these documents were filed by military units from 2004 to 2010. Basically, the site claims it's the US military's own raw data on the war. (Get more info from .)
July 25, 2010 | Dean Takahashi
has posted tens of thousands of, saying its goal was to expose unethical behavior by governments and corporations.
The organization said it withheld the publication of about 15,000 documents for a few days until it could redact the names of people in the reports whose safety could be jeopardized by disclosure. The site is run by London-based founder .
Release date : July 25, 2010
25th July 2010 5:00 PM EST WikiLeaks has released a document set called the Afghan War Diary (AWD), an extraordinary compendium of over 91,000 reports covering the war in Afghanistan from 2004 to 2010.
The reports, while written by soldiers and intelligence officers mainly describing lethal military actions involving the United States military, also include intelligence information, reports of meetings with political figures, and related detail.
The document collection will shortly be available on a dedicated webpage.
The reports cover most units from the US Army with the exception of most US Special Forces' activities. The reports do not generally cover top-secret operations or European and other ISAF Forces operations.
We have delayed the release of some 15,000 reports from the total archive as part of a harm minimization process demanded by our source. After further review, these reports will be released, with occasional redactions, and eventually, in full, as the security situation in Afghanistan permits.
The data is provided in CSV and SQL formats, sorted by months, and also was rendered into KML mapping data.
Primary language : English
The most consequential news item of the week will obviously be -- or at least should be -- the massive new leak by WikiLeaks of . Those documents provide what "an unvarnished, ground-level picture of the war in Afghanistan that is in many respects more grim than the official portrayal." as "a devastating portrait of the failing war in Afghanistan, revealing how coalition forces have killed hundreds of civilians in unreported incidents, Taliban attacks have soared and Nato commanders fear neighbouring Pakistan and Iran are fueling the insurgency."
This leak is not unlike : the broad strokes were already well-known, but the sheer magnitude of the disclosures may force more public attention on these matters than had occurred previously.