The White House is imploring the website WikiLeaks not to release any more classified documents about the Afghanistan war. The self-proclaimed whistleblower organisation says it has another 15,000 documents. White House spokesman Robert Gibbs says the Taliban has declared it is combing the documents for the names of people who have cooperated with international forces. He says the release of any more files will do more damage. “We can do nothing but implore the person that has those classified top secret documents not to post any more,” he said. But the founder of Wikileaks, Julian Assange, says there is no evidence to back up US concerns that any of its informants have been killed as a result of the leaks.
He has accused the Pentagon – which yesterday said Wikileaks had “blood on its hands” – of trying to distract attention from the lives that are being lost in the war. “One must consider why the Pentagon is focusing on the hypothetical blood that it says might be on our hands, although there is no evidence of that, compared to the 20,000 lives that have been lost in Afghanistan that are documented and exposed by our material,” he said. Meanwhile, a US soldier suspected of being involved in the release of the documents has been moved from custody in Kuwait to a US military prison near Washington. Private First Class Bradley Manning has already been accused of leaking material from Iraq.