WikiLeaks Denies Knowledge of Afghan War Docs Source
The source of a massive set of U.S. military documents about the war in Afghanistan will remain anonymous. WikiLeaks said its system is designed in such a way that the people behind the whistleblowing Web site will not know exactly the source of leaked documents.
Site editor-in-chief Julian Assange said keeping the source of leaks anonymous protects leakers from spy agencies and entities that may be hurt by the leakage. Assange made the statement as U.S. officials try to pin point the source of some 91,000 secret files about the Afghan war, some of which detail allied forces attacks that led to civilian casualties.
U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder said an investigation spearheaded by the Pentagon has been launched to identify the source of the documents. Result of the investigation will determine whether charges are to be filed against those behind the leak, Holder said. U.S. President Barack Obama has spoken against the publication of the documents, saying that the leak “could potentially jeopardize individuals or operations.”
However, Assange said whether a document that WikiLeaks publishes would have national security concerns to a country is not the primary concern of the site. “It is not our role to play sides for states. States have national security concerns, we do not have national security concerns,” he said.