Pentagon Asks Media Not to Publish WikiLeaks' Iraq Files
Pushes against distribution of war material
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Oct 18, 2010 1:35 PM CDT
Defense Secretary Robert Gates speaks during a joint new conference with Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton, not seen, Thursday, Oct. 14, 2010, at NATO headquarters in Brussels.   (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster, Pool)

(Newser) – The Defense Department is asking media organizations not to publish or post on websites classified US war files released by WikiLeaks. The department has been bracing for a possible leak of as many as many as 400,000 documents from a military database on the Iraq war. The documents are mostly field reports, summarizing actions taken by troops and intelligence gathered. Click here for more what might be in the files.

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Oct 19, 2010 9:08 AM CDT
We've lied. We've thieved. We've sent people to their deaths. We've (knowingly) killed innocent people. We've sent paid mercenaries instead of soldiers. We've said "Killed insurgents" when we knew they were civilians. We've abused your trust. Whenever you've asked questions we've lied again. Now we ask you to please not tell anyone about it. Trust us.
Oct 19, 2010 12:14 AM CDT
This may be my naivety, but since when does the government ask? It seems that if there has been such brilliant covering-up for so long, why have they not done something before? I'm sure other organizations have tried to publish classified documents, and have never been heard from or of again. I ask so I'll know, what makes WikiLeaks different?
Oct 18, 2010 7:45 PM CDT
Weren't a bunch of you liberals on here openly supporting the US Government's attempts at censoring wikileaks?