Release of classified Afghan war documents sparks US anger
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A trove of 91,000 classified documents on the war in Afghanistan, released by the WikiLeaks website, is prompting strong reactions in Washington from the White House to Congress as well as in the media.
Following the statement by General Jones, the White House then sought to finesse media coverage of the impending document release with an email entitled “Thoughts on Wikileaks". The email described WikiLeaks as hostile to U.S. policy in Afghanistan, and as such, should not be regarded as an objective source.
Key findings from the WikiLeaks “Afghan War Diaries”
- The C.I.A.’s paramilitary operations are expanding in Afghanistan
- The Taliban has used portable, heat-seeking missiles against Western aircraft
- Americans suspect Pakistan’s spy service of guiding Afghan insurgency
not likely to have much effect. Just as the administration was positioning itself ahead of the release, so were voices on Capitol Hill. The powerful chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, John Kerry, was the first to respond with a direct challenge to the administration:
Elsewhere, the media reaction was far more pronounced. Across the top of the second most popular news website in the United States, the Huffington Post, the headline blared: “A devastating portrait of the failing war in Afghanistan". The New York Daily News was equally negative with “Secret files reveal Afghan war nightmare".