Pentagon to Wikileaks: We Want Our Files Back

Site needs to 'do the right thing' and return military records
By Rob Quinn,  Newser Staff
Posted Aug 6, 2010 5:51 AM CDT
Wikileaks needs to "do the right things" Pentagon press secretary Geoff Morrell says.   (AP Photo/Haraz N. Ghanbari)
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(Newser) – Instead of asking the Pentagon to help scrub names from Afghanistan war records, Wikileaks should be handing back those records to their rightful owner without delay, the Pentagon says. "The only acceptable course is for Wikileaks to take steps to immediately return all versions of all of those documents," and delete their own copies, a Pentagon spokesman said yesterday.

"If doing the right thing is not good enough for them, then we will figure out what alternatives we have to compel them to do the right thing," the spokesman added. Wikileaks' founder says the site still has 15,000 classified Afghanistan records it has yet to publish, and experts say the Pentagon has few legal options to stop the site from doing so.

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