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Wikileaks Exposes: Afghanistan War Logs

Afghan War Diary, 2004-2010 (Wikileaks)

Afghanistan: The War Logs (Guardian, UK)

Text From a Selection of the Secret Dispatches (NYTimes)

Explosive Leaks Provide Image of War from Those Fighting It (Der Spiegel)

Nearly 24 hours after the release of these materials, several things stand out:

1) The government and media have in large part rushed to dismiss the leaked files as ‘old news’, a common disinformation tactic.  The basis for the claim is that the reports end in late 2009, prior to Obama’s ‘surge’ policy.  There is little counter-evidence however, that many of the conditions detailed in the reports have changed since late 2009.

2) At the same time the government dismisses the contents of the leaks, they denounce the transparency as a ‘threat to national security’.  This Wikileaks scoop may provide a justification for further restrictions on data sharing and internet surveillance.

3) Much of the discussion centers on the reports indicating that the Pakistani ISI is involved in providing support to the Taliban (while also benefiting tremendously by ‘playing ball’ with the US).  In 2003, $1 Billion in Pakistani debt was forgiven, and untold billions in military aid have been sent to Pakistan since.  This incident will be used to encourage complacent acceptance of US military escalation in Pakistan, by US citizens and Pakistanis.

Which raises the question – if these are the logical outcomes, what is the purpose of the leak; who benefits?

Secret Military Files Reveal Shocking Details About Failed War in Afghanistan

Wikileaks releases classified Afghanistan war logs: “largest intelligence leak in history”

The WikiLeaks Afghanistan leak

90,000 U.S. military reports leaked

Wikileaks Releases Stunning Afghan War Logs — Is Iraq Next?

WikiLeaks Releases 91,000 Documents on Afghanistan War

Wikileaks takes new approach in latest release of documents

Leaks expose Afghan war secrets

Wikileaks Releases Nearly 100,000 Internal Military Documents From Afghanistan [Wikileaks]

Transcript: Wikileaks Afghanistan docs ‘alarming’

Wikileaks: hard facts and a hacker ethos

WikiLeaks Bombshell on Afghan War: What You Need to Know

WikiLeaks war logs show unreported plight of contractors

UPDATE THURSDAY 7/29:

WikiLeaks Report Fictitious, Says Pakistan’s Ex-Spy Chief Hamid Gul

Why Wikileaks’ Doc-Dump Is Such a Big Deal (Even if There’s Nothing New Within)

US Threatens to Pull Pakistan Aid Over WikiLeaks Details

WikiLeaks: We don’t know source of leaked data

Document leak part of U.S. plot, says Pakistani ex-General

Previously: Afghanistan Posts

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