WikiLeaks Preps Biggest Leak Ever

Iraq info ever expected within weeks

By Rob Quinn,  Newser Staff

Posted Sep 10, 2010 2:27 AM CDT

(Newser) – WikiLeaks is preparing a leak of Iraq war records that will dwarf its publication of secret Afghanistan information, according to a nonprofit journalism organization working with the site. The material, which will be released in a few weeks, is the "biggest leak of military intelligence" in history, Iain Overton, editor of the Bureau of Investigative Journalism, tells Newsweek.

The bureau is working with WikiLeaks as well as other media organizations in several countries to produce stories and documentaries based on the Iraq documents. The media partners are "aware of the need to ensure that information is properly redacted," according to Overton, and they will be digging information out of the stories instead of publishing raw data. Overton didn't disclose whether the source of the leak was Army analyst Bradley Manning, who boasted of leaking records to WikiLeaks and is currently in military custody.

Army analyst Bradley Manning has said he gave WikiLeaks a database covering 500,000 events in the Iraq war.
Army analyst Bradley Manning has said he gave WikiLeaks a database covering 500,000 events in the Iraq war.   (AP Photo)
A spokesman for the Bureau of Investigative Journalism, which is working with WikiLeaks, says his group is keenly aware that disclosure of some material could endanger lives.
A spokesman for the Bureau of Investigative Journalism, which is working with WikiLeaks, says his group is keenly aware that disclosure of some material could endanger lives.   (Getty Images)
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