Posted: Jul 26, 2010 10:39 AM by Bea Karnes, News First 5
Updated: Jul 26, 2010 10:41 AM
The Defense Department is conducting a damage assessment on the leak of some 91,000 classified documents on the Afghanistan war.
Pentagon spokesman Col. Dave Lapan told reporters Monday the review could take "days, if not weeks" because the military has yet to see all of the leaked reports.
Wikileaks.org posted the classified documents to its Web site Sunday night, but access was difficult, apparently because the site was overwhelmed with traffic.
The source of the leak is still in question. Lapan said that while the military has detained an Army soldier in Kuwait for transmitting classified information, the latest documents could have come from anyone with a secret-level clearance.
The Afghan government says it is "shocked" that 90,000 leaked U.S. military documents were released on the war, but most of the information is not new and has been discussed in the past.
Presidential spokesman Waheed Omar said Monday that government officials were studying the papers, especially those about civilian casualties and what role the Pakistani intelligence service has played in destabilizing activities inside Afghanistan.
The White House, Britain and Pakistan's main intelligence agency have all condemned the release.