Wikeleaks Reaps U.S. Ire with Afghan War Documents
The White House has raised a howl of protest after online whistleblowing site Wikileaks published a massive set of documents that reveal sensitive data about the U.S.-led war in Afghanistan.
The documents include records of alleged incidents where civilians were killed by coalition forces. In one incident cited by British newspaper The Guardian, which also published the report, Polish troops peppered a village with mortar fire, killing guests at a wedding party, including a pregnant woman. In another incident, French soldiers allegedly fired at a bus full of children, wounding eight of them. The documents claim that hundreds of civilians have been killed by coalition troops while increased attacks by Taliban militants had led to the death of at least 2,000 others.
The White House condemned the publication by Wikileaks, saying that this “puts the lives of the US and partner service members at risk and threatens our national security.” Washington also defended President Barack Obama, saying that the present administration was not yet involve for a majority of the incidents cited in the documents as “the time period reflected in the documents is January 2004 to December 2009.” Obama assumed office in January 2009.