The White House on Monday condemned Wikileaks’ decision to release more than 75,000 secret military reports from Afghanistan, calling the move “alarming” and saying there is an investigation into how the documents were obtained. Wikileaks gave the documents in advance to The New York Times, Germany’s Der Spiegel, and the U.K.’s Guardian newspaper, which independently confirmed their authenticity. The Guardian called the disclosure a “devastating portrait of the failing war in Afghanistan,” saying it reveals how the United States-led coalition has killed hundreds of civilians in unreported incidents, Taliban attacks have risen, and NATO commanders worry that neighboring Pakistan and Iran are aiding the insurgency. About 76,900 of the files–which the group calls the “Afghan War Diary”–appeared on Wikileaks.org on Sunday afternoon. Wikileaks says it has delayed the release of an additional 15,000 files to allow names and other sensitive information to be removed. Following is a transcript of White House press secretary Robert Gibbs’ briefing with reporters on Monday afternoon, with portions not relating to Wikileaks removed. The questions are from White House correspondents. QUESTION: Thanks, Robert. Two questions. A few on Wikileaks. What was the president’s reaction when he heard about the leaking of these documents? GIBBS: Well,… Read full this story
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