Clinton condemns Wikileaks disclosure of Iraq files

10:02, October 23, 2010      

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U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton on Friday strongly condemned Wikileaks' imminent disclosure of tens of thousands of classified documents on Iraq war.

Clinton said she condemned "in the most clear terms" the disclosure of any classified information that will put the lives of Americans and others at risk.

But Clinton, speaking at a joint press conference with Pakistani Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi, refused to get into the details of the documents.

Some of the secret files showed that U.S. military gave secret orders not to investigate torture by Iraqi authorities, according to the website of al-Jazeera English Channel.

The satellite channel said it has obtained details of the nearly 400,000 classified U.S. documents on Iraq war, which is reportedly the biggest leak of military secrets in history.

Clinton said the disclosure could threaten U.S. "national security and the national security of those with whom we are working."

Wikileaks is an organization that publishes leaks of usually classified documents online while preserving the anonymity of sources. In July, it released more than 76,900 classified documents about the war in Afghanistan.

Source: Xinhua


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