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cynatnite Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jul-26-10 07:03 PM
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Review of WikiLeaks docs sees no smoking gun
WASHINGTON, D.C. An ongoing Pentagon review of the massive flood of secret documents made public by the WikiLeaks website has so far found no evidence that the disclosure harmed U.S. national security or endangered American troops in the field, a Pentagon official told NBC News on Monday.

The initial Pentagon assessment is far less dramatic than initial statements from the Obama White House Sunday night after three major news organizations The New York Times, the Guardian and Der Spiegel published what was touted as an unprecedented secret archive of classified military documents relating to the war in Afghanistan. The documents appear to show, among other matters, close collaboration between elements of the Pakistani intelligence service and the Taliban an awkward issue that U.S. intelligence officials have strenuously complained about for some time but are loath to talk about publicly.

The news organizations said they received the documents from WikiLeaks, a controversial website that specializes in soliciting and publishing sensitive government documents. No sooner did the stories appear this weekend than U.S. National Security Adviser James Jones strongly condemned the WikiLeaks disclosure, saying that the trove of classified documents could put the lives of American and our partners at risk and threaten our national security.

But David Lapan, deputy assistant secretary of defense for media operations, told NBC News on Monday that a preliminary review by a Pentagon assessment team has so far not identified any documents whose release could damage national security. Moreover, he said, none of the documents reviewed so far carries a classification level above secret the lowest category of intelligence material in terms of sensitivity.
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