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July 27th, 2010
08:00 AM ET

Fallout over leaked Afghan war documents

Julian Assange, founder of "," holds up a copy of the Guardian newspaper in London on July 26, 2010. (Getty Images)

(CNN) – There's major fallout today over the leaking of classified documents from the war in Afghanistan to whistle-blower Web site The Wall Street Journal is reporting that the Pentagon is going after the hard drive belonging to Army Intelligence analyst Bradley Manning, who is already charged with leaking classified information. Our Pentagon correspondent Barbara Starr has the latest. Watch Video

WikiLeaks founder speaks out about leaked Afghan war documents

Filed under: Afghanistan • Military
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  1. Leon

    One word sums up Mannings actions TREASON.

    July 29, 2010 at 10:49 pm |
  2. Mark

    We need to get out of Afghanistan, Iraq and other countries now. Because we need our taxes to go to health care and education. We need to stop pouring our money into other countries and neglecting our own people. We need to repeal the tax cuts for the rich.

    July 28, 2010 at 10:23 am |
  3. joe bob

    would you mind telling me what is wrong with my post that it is still awaiting moderation?

    July 28, 2010 at 8:03 am |
  4. MeloN

    Always take what a non-American has to say about anything American with a grain of salt.

    July 28, 2010 at 6:30 am |
  5. Smith in Oregon

    AMFix, some of the Wikileaks nay sayers have openly accused Wikileaks of placing US Soldiers at further risk by the large and wide scale exposure from US and Afghani Military classified document postings.

    I strongly disagree, US and NATO soldiers have lost their lives because US Commanders did not tell the helicopter pilots and their flight crews that Pakistani ISI had supplied the Taliban with shoulder fired heat seeking missiles. If they had, those pilots and flight crews would have changed their flight plans to minimize the risk which is much different than evading a RPG fired at their craft.

    The largest public administrative 'official' critic of Lt. Gen. Stanley McChrystal's 'shake and bake' Afghanistan strategy (US Ambassador Richard Holbrooke) was betrayed by a high level leak and two distinct attempts by the Taliban were made on his life. One with a anti-aircraft missiles and automatic weapons ambush which failed to bring down the Osprey carrying him, another in a Afghanistan store he planned to enter and survey. The THREE suicide bombers in that store triggered their vests prematurely blowing themselves up mere moments before Ambassador Richard Holbrooke entered!

    Ambassador Holbrooke was investigating the failure or success of McChrystal's strategy in Marjah when those attacks targeting him specifically occurred.

    In the very least, it appears that Lt. Gen. Stanley McChrystal attempted to have Ambassador Richard Holbrooke murdered. That 'appearance' right or wrong was entirely unacceptable by President Obama's advisers and I feel the decision to create a exit strategy for Lt. Gen. Stanley McChrystal began at that time. The eyeopening series of interviews with McChrystal's staff with The Rolling Stone reporter was simply part of that exit strategy being played out.

    July 27, 2010 at 5:29 pm |
  6. southernhope

    I really think it is ashame this has happened. Does he not realize he is putting lives at stake?

    July 27, 2010 at 1:50 pm |
  7. joe bob

    The only reason the goverment wants these documents kept secret is to keep public support for the war from eroding even more. We're on a fools errand to continue to prosecute these wars. We need to get out NOW!

    July 27, 2010 at 10:13 am |
  8. Stephanie

    How many of these "documents" contained information that has been disproved? many of the Pakistanis working with the Taliban are from the opposition parties that want to undermine the present Pakistani gov'ts efforts to work with Americans.

    What about a comparison of how many raids, arrests and killings of Taliban supporters the Pakistani gov't has made in the last 18 months compared to 2001-2008?

    July 27, 2010 at 9:06 am |