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

(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.

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.
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)
In this Aug. 14, 2010 file photo, WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange gives a seminar at the Swedish Trade Union Confederation headquarters in Stockholm, Sweden.
In this Aug. 14, 2010 file photo, WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange gives a seminar at the Swedish Trade Union Confederation headquarters in Stockholm, Sweden.   (AP Photo/SCANPIX, Bertil Ericson, File)
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