WikiLeaks Wants Pentagon Help Scrubbing Docs
Site asks for military help in making documents safe to publish
By Rob Quinn, Newser Staff
Posted Aug 5, 2010 6:08 AM CDT
Joint Chiefs Chairman Michael Mullen says Wikileaks may have blood on its hands because of names released in its leak of Afghanistan war records.   (AP Photo/CBS, Chris Usher)

(Newser) – WikiLeaks—apparently heeding warnings it may have blood on its hands because of leaked Afghan documents—wants the Pentagon's help in scrubbing names from its next batch. The site has held back 15,000 more classified reports and it wants defense officials to help review them so they can be safely published, WikiLeaks spokesman Daniel Schmitt tells the Daily Beast.

Schmitt says it's "very harsh" to be told that people may come to harm because of the earlier leak, adding that the site hasn't heard about any informants being killed. WikiLeaks says it asked for the US military's assistance in redacting names from the earlier leak, a claim the Pentagon says is completely false. A Pentagon spokesman also denies that the military has heard from WikiLeaks about the latest batch of documents, AFP reports.

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bewilderbeast
Aug 6, 2010 4:55 AM CDT
Here's the bottom line: Wikileaks' expose is threatening CAREERS. Those whose careers are threatened are shouting "You're threatening LIVES". They're lying (again). But to give them the benefit of the doubt, THEY should co-operate and clean the data that has already leaked of anything that threatens lives (my guess: There' ain't any). Instead, they'll be furiously cleaning their UNleaked data of anything that threatens their careers! (Short version: They'll carry on lying to us).
DGCA
Aug 5, 2010 12:45 PM CDT
I don't understand the people who are against Wikileaks. It's like you're begging for ignorance.
JoeQ
Aug 5, 2010 12:00 PM CDT
LOL This is really going to mess with the Pentagon folk. According to their rules, they could bring in a copy of the New York Times to work with them but, if it contained classified information, they couldn't take it back out of the building. How are they going to be able to accept a classified document from an unauthorized source, scrub it, and then give it back? Oh the mountains of paperwork ...