WikiLeaks near release of secret US war documents


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By RAPHAEL G. SATTER and PAULINE JELINEK, Associated Press Writers Raphael G. Satter And Pauline Jelinek, Associated Press Writers 1 hr 16 mins ago

LONDON The [COLOR=#366388! important][COLOR=#366388! important]WikiLeaks [COLOR=#366388! important]website[/COLOR][/COLOR][/COLOR] appears close to releasing what the Pentagon fears is the largest cache of secret U.S. documents in history hundreds of thousands of intelligence reports compiled after the 2003 invasion of Iraq.
U.S. officials said Friday they were racing to contain the damage from the imminent release, while NATO top official told reporters he feared that lives could be put at risk by the mammoth disclosure.

[COLOR=#366388! important][COLOR=#366388! important]NATO [COLOR=#366388! important]chief [/COLOR][COLOR=#366388! important]Anders [/COLOR][COLOR=#366388! important]Fogh [/COLOR][COLOR=#366388! important]Rasmussen[/COLOR][/COLOR][/COLOR] said any release would create "a very unfortunate situation."
"I can't comment on the details of the exact impact on security but in general I can tell you that such leaks ... may have a very negative security impact for people involved," he told reporters Friday in Berlin following a meeting with German Chancellor Angela Merkel.

A team of more than a hundred analysts from across the U.S. military, lead by the Defense Intelligence Agency, has been combing through the Iraq documents they think will be released in anticipation of the leak.

Called the Information Review Task Force, its analysts have pored over the documents and used word searches to try to pull out names and other issues that would be particularly sensitive, officials have said.

The task force has informed the U.S. Central Command of some of the names of Iraqis and allies and other information they believe might be released that could present a danger, officials have said, noting that unlike the WikiLeaks previous disclosure of some 77,000 documents from [COLOR=#366388! important][COLOR=#366388! important]Afghanistan[/COLOR][/COLOR] in this case they had advance notice that names may be exposed.