US army fails to protect Afghan informers-WikiLeaks founder

WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange has hit out at the US military, saying that it bears the ultimate responsibility for any deaths of Afghan informers in... More Below... Posted by on Jul 31st, 2010 and filed under World.

WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange has hit out at the US military, saying that it bears the ultimate responsibility for any deaths of Afghan informers in the wake of the publication by his organization of 75,000 leaked files of American army secrets.

Amid accusations that publishing the files put people’s lives at risk, Assange and WikiLeaks—the whistleblowers’ website that publishes leaked documents from around the world—have come under increasing fire. But Assange said the blame for any deaths lay squarely with US military authorities, said Assange.

He added, “We are appalled that the US military was so lackadaisical with its Afghan sources. Just appalled. We are a source protection organization that specializes in protecting sources and have a perfect record from our activities.”

WikiLeaks has been accused of disclosing the names of Afghan collaborators who may now be subject to reprisals. The information it published is unchecked and some of it may be of dubious provenance, critics say. But Assange responded to those claims by saying: “This material was available to every soldier and contractor in Afghanistan…It’s the US military that deserves the blame for not giving due diligence to its informers.”

(Thanks to The Guardian and Wikipedia)