WikiLeaks: Leaks Will Continue

Politely declines Pentagon order to cease and desist
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Aug 8, 2010 10:10 AM CDT
WikiLeaks spokesman in Berlin, Daniel Schmitt poses for a photo after an interview with the Associated Press in Berlin, Germany, Saturday, Aug. 7, 2010.   (Markus Schreiber)

(Newser) – WikiLeaks has an answer to the Pentagon's demand that it unpost classified documents and refrain from posting some 15,000 more: Um, no. "I can assure you that we will keep publishing documents—that's what we do," a spokesman, who goes by Daniel Schmitt in order to protect his identity, told the AP yesterday. "Knowledge about ongoing issues like the war in Afghanistan is the only way to help create something like safety."

He rejected allegations that the group's publication of leaked US government documents was a threat to America's national security or put lives at risk. "For this reason, we conveyed a request to the White House prior to the publication, asking that the International Security Assistance Force provide us with reviewers," Schmitt said. "That request remains open." The Pentagon has maintained that it had no direct contact with WikiLeaks about efforts to redact those documents to make them less of a security threat.

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