Leaked documents show unreported Afghan deaths, covert ops, fears about insurgencyBy Kimberly Dozier, AP
Sunday, July 25, 2010
Leaks provide ground-level account of Afghan war
WASHINGTON — The online whistle-blower WikiLeaks has posted some 90,000 leaked U.S. military records that amount to an blow-by-blow account of six years of the Afghanistan war, including unreported incidents of Afghan civilian killings as well as covert operations against Taliban figures.
The White House condemned the document disclosure, saying it “put the lives of Americans and our partners at risk.”
The documents, including classified cables and assessments between military officers and diplomats, also describe U.S. fears that ally Pakistan’s intelligence service was actually aiding the Afghan insurgency.
The documents, dated between January 2004 and December 2009, are largely what’s called “raw intelligence” — reports from junior officers in the field that analysts use to advise policymakers.