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US documents leaked online give inside look at war

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Paratroopers in the 82nd Airborne Division return fire during a firefight with attacking militants July 2, 2010 over the village of Joikahr, Afghanistan. (Photo by Chris Hondros/Getty Images)

Paratroopers in the 82nd Airborne Division return fire during a firefight with attacking militants July 2, 2010 over the village of Joikahr, Afghanistan. (Photo by Chris Hondros/Getty Images)

The leak of 91,000 classified U.S. records on the Afghanistan war by the whistle-blower website Wikileaks.org is one of the largest unauthorized disclosures in military history.

The documents cover much of what the public already knows about the troubled nine-year conflict.

That includes U.S. special operations forces targeting militants without trial, Afghan civilians killed by accident, and U.S. officials’ fury at alleged Pakistani intelligence cooperation with militants.

WBZ’s Ed Walsh has White House reaction:

WikiLeaks posted the documents yesterday. The New York Times, London’s Guardian newspaper and the German weekly Der Spiegel were given early access to the records.

New York Times reporter Leslie Gelb talks about the story with WBZ’s Ed Walsh:


The release was instantly condemned by U.S. and Pakistani officials as both potentially harmful and irrelevant to the situation now.

WikiLeaks says the release “did not generally include top-secret organizations.”

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