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Bradley Manning, WikiLeaks and Afghanistan - US Citizen in Guantanamo

Wilber W.
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Must See TV!

Dispatches: The Wikileak files
THIS Monday, 8:00 pm, Channel 4 Oct 25th
WATCH on 4od all week long.
Must watch TV: The new release of 400,000 secret military significant activities reports (SIGACTS) logged by the US military in Iraq between 2004 and 2009 were made public this week. These reports tell the story of the war and occupation which the US military did not want the world to know.

Channel 4's Dispatches has combed over these documents to produce this documentary. These are the first solidly documented (legaly admissable) cases of potential real war crimes since the Iraq war began, as documented by the US Military itself...

The Wikileak files: The best explaination of the new files released this week
WHAT'S THE SCOOP?: A historic change in our understanding of what's happening on the ground in the "Iraq war"
Sat 23 October Channel 4 News
WATCH http://www.channel4.c...­

WikiLeaks: Interview with Mark Ellis
Interview with American Mark Ellis, executive director International Bar Assocation.
WATCH http://www.channel4.c...­­­­­­

Wilber W.
Group Organizer
London, GB
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British deputy PM Nick Clegg to Investigate Iraq leak claims – 2 hrs 57 mins ago
Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg told BBC television that the accounts of violence in Iraq "are distressing to read about and they are very serious."

LONDON – Allegations of prisoner abuse and civilian killings in Iraq from a cache of leaked U.S. secret military documents are extremely serious and must be investigated, a top British official said Sunday.

Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg told BBC television that the accounts of violence in Iraq "are distressing to read about and they are very serious."

Whistleblowing website WikiLeaks has published almost 400,000 U.S. military logs, mainly written by soldiers on the ground, detailing daily carnage in Iraq since the 2003 U.S.-led invasion: detainees abused by Iraqi forces, insurgent bombings, sectarian executions and civilians shot at checkpoints by U.S. troops.

Iraq Body Count, a private British-based group that has tracked the number of civilians killed since the war started in March 2003, said it had analyzed the information and found 15,000 previously unreported deaths in the WikiLeaks documents released Friday.

Although the documents appear to be authentic, their origin could not be independently confirmed. The Pentagon has condemned the leak, as has Britain's Ministry of Defense, which said it could put soldiers' lives at risk.

Clegg said it was not for Britain to tell the U.S. how to respond, but that any allegations of abuse by British troops "are extremely serious and need to be looked at."

"People will want to hear what the answer is to what are very, very serious allegations of a nature which I think everybody will find quite shocking," he said.

Wikileaks rewrites history~ Accurately!
An Australian Defence Taskforce will investigate 400,000 secret documents on the Iraq war, published on the website WikiLeaks­

Iraq war logs­

WikiLeaks releases nearly 400,000 documents about the Iraq war that show a higher Iraqi death toll than previously acknowledged, the CBC's Ann MacMillian reports

US war resisters praise WikiLeaks‎ - 18 minutes ago­

American war resisters seeking refuge in Canada say the recent round of military documents released by WikiLeaks offers further support of their claims.

Among the revelations contained in the nearly 400,000 documents comprised of field reports by U.S. forces and intelligence officers, dated 2004 to 2009, are suggestions that the U.S. military has under-reported civilian deaths and stood by as Iraqi troops tortured and abused their prisoners.

Former Pte. First Class Joshua Key, one of about 200 Iraq war resisters who fled to Canada, said he witnessed egregious civilian deaths that he was prevented from reporting when he served in Iraq for seven months in 2003.

Oklahoma native Key currently resides in Saskatchewan with his wife and four children and is awaiting leave to appeal his rejected asylum claim.

Among the unnerving encounters he recalled of his Iraq stint as a combat engineer, many recalled in his 2007 book The Deserters Tale, was being out on patrol and seeing two civilians decapitated and their bodies desecrated.

“There were American solders kicking the heads around like soccer balls,” said Key, 32. “When I got to my compound later that’s when I asked ‘Can I file a report? I want to let it be known this happened and what I had seen there.’ I was told ‘It’s none of your concern, none of your business,’ and on other occasions as well.”

He can’t be certain, but Key feels strongly that such deaths were not logged. He is sure though about the American military’s general disregard for Iraqi lives.

“The running procedure was ‘Shoot first, ask questions later.’ We had no regard for the lives of the civilians around us. That was pretty evident in day-to-day actions, as well as the way we raided their homes and did everything else. There were no repercussions, no questions.”

Similar attitudes were the breaking point for 17-year U.S. Army and Navy vet Chuck Wiley. The 38-year-old Kentucky native resides in Toronto awaiting pre-removal risk assessment after his refugee claim and appeal were denied.

Never on the ground in Iraq, he was deployed several times as an engineer on aircraft carriers conducting air operations over the country.

“My issue for continuing to support the war was the fact that there really were no controls on our missions to curb civilian casualties,” Wiley said. “I can’t tell you that we directly targeted civilians for death, but there were many instances where there was just a general carelessness about whether or not Iraqi civilians got hurt during operations.”

Facing a recently instituted immigration policy called Operational Bulletin 202 which says that because deserting the military is a crime, the war resisters may not be eligible for asylum, both former soldiers applaud the release of the documents by WikiLeaks.

“It’s the truth actually being told,” said Key. “These documents coming out now are right from the level of the soldiers. I guess (the brass) never realized how much the Internet would take a part in the next major war. This is just the start.”

Adds Wiley: “If we get to the point where we can actually get a fair, impartial hearing in front of an immigration official I think all of this constitutes corroborating evidence.”
Wilber W.
Group Organizer
London, GB
Post #: 2,902
Wikileaks Statement
Have a route around, do your own research!­

At 5pm EST Friday 22nd October 2010 WikiLeaks released the largest classified military leak in history. The 391,832 reports ('The Iraq War Logs'), document the war and occupation in Iraq, from 1st January 2004 to 31st December 2009 (except for the months of May 2004 and March 2009) as told by soldiers in the United States Army. Each is a 'SIGACT' or Significant Action in the war. They detail events as seen and heard by the US military troops on the ground in Iraq and are the first real glimpse into the secret history of the war that the United States government has been privy to throughout.

The reports detail 109,032 deaths in Iraq, comprised of 66,081 'civilians'; 23,984 'enemy' (those labeled as insurgents); 15,196 'host nation' (Iraqi government forces) and 3,771 'friendly' (coalition forces). The majority of the deaths (66,000, over 60%) of these are civilian deaths.That is 31 civilians dying every day during the six year period. For comparison, the 'Afghan War Diaries', previously released by WikiLeaks, covering the same period, detail the deaths of some 20,000 people. Iraq during the same period, was five times as lethal with equivallent population size.

Leaked Iraq war files portray weak, divided nation
The Pentagon, while deploring the release of the documents, has not challenged their authenticity

FT on Wikileaks: lifting the fog of battle‎ - 13 Minutes ago
Published: October 24 2010 20:41­

This weekend’s leak of confidential military files on the Iraq war – which follows similar disclosures earlier this summer about the Afghan conflict – is deeply embarrassing for the US government.

While the logs themselves reveal little that was not known or widely suspected, they leave Washington (and its allies) with awkward questions to answer about US and allied conduct during and after the war. The disclosures push unambiguously under the public’s nose the human cost of the conflict, and the compromises to human rights that were involved in waging it.

The scale of the leak is also a reminder of the extent to which network computing has changed the way information is used. This should force governments to rethink the nature of state secrets.

Thus far, Washington has concentrated its fire on Wikileaks, the online clearing house that released the logs. Any organisation that encourages illegal behaviour cannot be beyond reproach. Wikileaks’ Afghan disclosures put people in danger, and it remains to be seen whether it has redacted its Iraqi cache more diligently. Wikileaks may argue that its activities are an extension of traditional journalism, but its organisational structure – designed to be beyond the reach of any jurisdiction’s enforcement – breeds dangerous editorial irresponsibility.

However governments should realise that the information revolution which spawned Wikileaks is not about to be rolled back. Technology makes it ever harder to shield populations from the consequences of armed conflicts. If there was a time when the horrors could be hidden, it is over.

One lesson is that governments must focus on the secrets it is vital to keep lest they lose their effectiveness in war – such as strategic and tactical plans, and information about weapons systems. Trying to protect everything, including the incompetent (or even illegal) conduct of one’s own troops, is probably fruitless and will only spur citizens’ desire to snoop.

There are wider lessons for the way governments resort to force too. Increasing transparency on the battlefield means that the public must be convinced both of the necessity for war, and of the cause being fought for, if the fight is to be sustained. The ebbing of support for Iraq was a consequence of the cavalier way that war was entered into.

Greater transparency may ultimately make it harder to go to war. But it means the public should be willing to endure the demands of wars they do accept.

Wikis in Plain English
A short explanation of wikis and how they can be used to coordinate a group.

Wilber W.
Group Organizer
London, GB
Post #: 2,903
Leaked Iraq war files detail torture, civilian killings­

LONDON — Graphic accounts of torture, civilian killings and Iran's hand in the Iraq war are detailed in hundreds of thousands of US military documents made public on the whistleblower website WikiLeaks.

Across nearly 400,000 pages of secret military field reports spanning five years, the largest military leak in history, a grisly picture emerges of years of blood and suffering following the 2003 US invasion to oust Saddam Hussein.

Many of the classified documents, which span from 2004 to 2009, chronicle claims of abuse by Iraqi security forces, while others appear to show that American troops did nothing to stop state-sanctioned torture.

The documents comprise the second such release from the controversial website, which accused the United States of "war crimes" and earlier released some 92,000 similar secret military files detailing operations in Afghanistan.

Website founder Julian Assange said the files reveal a "bloodbath" in previously unseen detail.

"These documents reveal six years of the Iraq war at a ground level detail -- the troops on the ground, their reports, what they were seeing, what they were saying and what they were doing," he told CNN.

"We're talking about a five times greater kill rate in Iraq, really a comparative bloodbath compared to Afghanistan."

WikiLeaks made the files available to the Guardian newspaper, the New York Times, Le Monde and Der Spiegel weeks ago, then just before their publication sent a Twitter message to select journalists, in a secretive invite that turned out to be a three-hour lock-in preview of the documents.

In one report, US military personnel describe detainee abuse by Iraqis at a facility in Baghdad that is holding 95 detainees in a single room where they are "sitting cross-legged with blindfolds, all facing the same direction."

It says "many of them bear marks of abuse to include cigarette burns, bruising consistent with beatings and open sores... according to one of the detainees questioned on site, 12 detainees have died of disease in recent weeks."

Other reports describe Iraqis beating prisoners and civilian women being killed at US military checkpoints.

The Guardian newspaper said the leak showed "US authorities failed to investigate hundreds of reports of abuse, torture, rape and even murder by Iraqi police and soldiers whose conduct appears to be systematic and normally unpunished."

It added that "more than 15,000 civilians died in previously unknown incidents," going on to say that "US and UK officials have insisted that no official record of civilian casualties exists but the logs record 66,081 non-combatant deaths out of a total of 109,000 fatalities."

And the Guardian said the "numerous" reports of detainee abuse, often supported by medical evidence, "describe prisoners shackled, blindfolded and hung by wrists or ankles, and subjected to whipping, punching, kicking or electric shocks." It added: "Six reports end with a detainee's apparent death."

The Guardian said WikiLeaks is thought to have obtained the electronic archive from the "same dissident US army intelligence analyst" who leaked 90,000 logs about the war in Afghanistan this year. WikiLeaks has not revealed its source.

Al-Jazeera concluded that major findings of the leaked papers, dating from January 1, 2004 to December 31, 2009, included a US military cover-up of Iraqi state-sanctioned torture and "hundreds" of civilians deaths at manned American checkpoints after the US-led invasion of 2003.

On Iran's role in the conflict, the secret US files show Tehran waging a shadow war with US troops in Iraq, with a firefight erupting on the border and Tehran allegedly using militias to kill and kidnap American soldiers.

The documents describe Iran arming and training Iraqi hit squads to carry out attacks on coalition troops and Iraqi government officials, with the elite Iranian Revolutionary Guard Corps suspected of playing a crucial role, the Times and the Guardian reported, citing the files.

Attacks backed by Iran persisted after US President Barack Obama took office in January 2009, with no sign that the new leader's more conciliatory tone led to any change in Tehran's support for the militias, the New York Times wrote.

The documents describe accounts from detainees, the diary of a captured militant and the discovery of numerous weapons caches as proof of Iran's designs.

US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton condemned "in the most clear terms" the leaks of any documents putting Americans at risk, while the Pentagon warned that releasing secret military documents could endanger US troops and Iraqi civilians.

"By disclosing such sensitive information, WikiLeaks continues to put at risk the lives of our troops, their coalition partners and those Iraqis and Afghans working with us," Pentagon press secretary Geoff Morrell said.

He said the documents were "essentially snapshots of events, both tragic and mundane, and do not tell the whole story."
Wilber W.
Group Organizer
London, GB
Post #: 2,910
WikiLeaks Documentary: Ch 4, 8:00 TONIGHT!

Dispatches: The Wikileak files
THIS Monday, 8:00 pm, Channel 4 Oct 25th­

When: TONIGHT Monday, October 25, 2010 From 8:00 pm

Where: Your Telly!

Must watch TV: The new release of 400,000 secret military significant activities reports two days ago (SIGACTS) logged by the US military in Iraq between 2004 and 2009 were made public this week. These reports tell the story of the war and occupation which the US military did not want the world to know.

Channel 4's Dispatches has combed over these documents to produce this documentary. These are the first solidly documented (legaly admissable) cases of potential real war crimes to emerge since the Iraq war began, as documented by the US Military itself...

The Wikileak files: The best explaination of the new files released this week
WHAT'S THE SCOOP?: A historic change in our understanding of what's happening on the ground in the "Iraq war"­


EVENT TONIGHT WikiLeaks: Julian Assange and Daniel Ellsberg in conversation
The truth shall set you free~ But first it will piss you off! x :
Transparent governance tends to be good governance­­

When: TONIGHT Monday, October 25, 2010 From 7:00 PM til 8:30

Where: Frontline Club
13 Norfolk Place W2 1QJ

SPECIAL NOTE: Book your tickets ASAP right now, as it is expected to sell out by lunchtime.
Phone: 020 7479 8940

In a specialy schedualed event Julian Assange will be at the Frontline Club to discuss the latest release from the WikiLeaks.

He will be joined on stage by one of the most famous whistle blowers in history, Daniel Ellsberg who was responsible for the leak of the Pentagon Papers in 1971.

This is going to be an historic meeting on the third day of release of historical documentation which may well lead to a war crimes tribunal for members of The Pentagon. We may yet see US Generals in The Hague!

RSVP to this Meetup:­

Further Info­­­­­­­
Wilber W.
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London, GB
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Pentagon Whistleblower Daniel Ellsberg on Upcoming Iraq War Wikileaks Docs (Part 2 of 2)
The potental for the government to overturn the US Constitution and create a defacto State Secrets Act

Wilber W.
Group Organizer
London, GB
Post #: 2,920
Wikileaks reveals the full scale of atrocities in Iraq...
VIDEO http://www.channel4.c...­

The Channel 4 Dispatches film "Iraq's Secret War Files" is a brilliant documentary that tells the real story of seven years of war and the daily record of carnage suffered by the country and its people at the hands of the US military -- a story of systematic slaughter of civilians, indiscriminate imprisonment and rampant torture.

8PM Monday 25 Oct 2010 Channel 4

WATCH THE Full Conversation here;

Iraq War Logs .com
Can't stop reading

UN High Commissioner calls for investigation into war logs allegations
October 27th, 2010 | by admin | Published in All stories, The Iraq war logs

The UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, Navi Pillay has called for an investigation into allegations of abuse and murder of Iraqis within detention centres, following the publication of the Iraq war logs.

The High Commissioner also called for all alleged abuses against Iraqi civilians by US troops to be properly investigated.

The statement follows revelations by the Bureau of Investigative Journalism that the US handed over more than 9,000 detainees to Iraqi authorities despite knowing of hundreds of reports of torture by Iraqi Security forces.
Wilber W.
Group Organizer
London, GB
Post #: 3,005
Diary Dig -- War Log Explorer - Wikileaks Iraq War Diaries
War Log is a website which provides an easy way to search through the info in the website Wikileaks
https://www.whistlebl...­ is a website which provides an easy way to search through the Iraq and Afghan War Logs, which were made public by Wikileaks on 22nd October 2010. The documents are a set of over 391,000 reports which cover the war in Iraq from 2004 to 2009 and Afghanistan from 2004 to 2009.

From here, you can browse through all of the documents that have been released, organized by type, category, date, number of casualties, and many other properties. From any document page, clicking on the green underlined text will open a popup that links to other documents that contain those phrases, making it possible to see important search terms and connections that you might not otherwise notice.

Our hope is that this tool will be helpful to reporters and researchers who are interested in learning more about the US's war in Afghanistan and making sense of this important database. If you wish to support this work, we encourage you to make a donation to wikileaks.
Wilber W.
Group Organizer
London, GB
Post #: 3,006
New WikiLeaks release this weekend
WikiLeaks threat has diplomats scrambling‎ - 6 minutes ago

The release of hundreds of thousands of cables is expected this weekend, though Wikileaks has not specified the timing.

US warns India on possible WikiLeaks release.

NEW YORK: The US has warned India and other key governments across the world about a new potentially embarrassing release of classified documents by the whistle-blowing website WikiLeaks which may harm the American interests and create tension in its ties with its "friends".

"We have reached out to India to warn them about a possible release of documents," state department spokesman P J Crowley said.

"We do not know precisely what WikiLeaks has or what it plans to do. We have made our position clear. These documents should not be released," Crowley said, ahead of the expected release by the website of millions of sensitive diplomatic cables.

It is not known yet what is contained in these documents about India-related issues.

The WikiLeaks has said there would be "seven times" as many secret documents as the 400,000 Iraq war logs it published last month.

On his Twitter account, Crowley said the State Department officials have also contacted leaders in Germany, Saudi Arabia, the UAE, Britain, France and Afghanistan.

Secretary of state Hillary Clinton too reached out to Chinese foreign minister Yang Jiechi, as the WikiLeaks, the whistle-blower website, is expected to release some three million classified US cables involving some of its key allies including Australia, Britain, Israel, Russia, Turkey and India.

Admiral Mike Mullen, Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, urged WikiLeaks to stop "dangerous" leaks.

"I would hope that those who are responsible for this would, at some point in time, think about the responsibility that they have for lives that they're exposing... and stop leaking this information," Admiral Mullen, Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, told CNN.

"It continues to be extremely dangerous," he said. "We are very mindful of the announcement that WikiLeaks made earlier this week, that there is a release of documents pending at some point in the future."

If the past is prologue, that would mean that certain news organisations may well already be in possession of specific documents, Crowley told reporters early this week.

"So we continue to work through, as we have throughout this process, evaluating both the material that we think was previously leaked from government sources to WikiLeaks and we continue to make clear that this is harmful to our national security. It does put lives at risk. It does put national interests at risk," he said.

"Inherent in this day-to-day action is trust that we can convey our perspective to other governments in confidence and that they can convey their perspective on events to us," Crowley said. "And when this confidence is betrayed and ends up on the front pages of newspapers or lead stories on television and radio it has an impact."

These revelations are "harmful" to the United States and its interests, he said. "They are going to create tension in our relationships between our diplomats and our friends around the world."

Without getting into any discussion of any specific cables, Crowley said the kinds of cables that US missions across the world send to Washington are classified.

"They involve discussions that we've had with government officials, with private citizens. They contain analysis. They contain a record of the day-to-day diplomatic activity that our personnel undertake," he said.

"This back and forth between government, the government of the United States and governments around the world, it is diplomacy in action. It is part of the system through which we collaborate and cooperate with other countries," he said.


New WikiLeaks data is 'threat to UK security'‎ - The Sun
Mostly a threat only to those who have commited war crimes
By TOM NEWTON DUNN, Political Editor­

DEFENCE chiefs last night warned national security will be put "at risk" by a devastating new leak of secret American files.

Controversial website WikiLeaks will this weekend publish more than two million US diplomatic messages. Senior defence official Air Vice-Marshal Andrew Vallance urged the British media not to publish the classified documents.

He said: "Aspects of national security might be put at risk if a major UK news outlet brought such information into obvious public prominence."

The documents were issued by the White House, the CIA and US embassies to allied governments around the world. The messages to British diplomats contain highly sensitive conversations that could reap huge damage.

The most compromising are believed to contain secret intelligence sources, as well as information about Afghan President Hamid Karzai and Lockerbie bomber Abdelbaset al-Megrahi.

It is thought private conversations about senior Labour figures - including ex-Premier Gordon Brown - are also included. The US State Department last night insisted the leak could cost lives.

WikiLeaks has already provoked uproar by publishing secret details of military operations in Iraq and Afghanistan.

US spokesman PJ Crowley said: "These revelations are harmful to America. They are going to create tension in relationships between our diplomats and our friends around the world."

U.S.: 'Irresponsible' WikiLeaks Puts Lives At Risk
Embassy tries to frame the information release­­
November 27, 2010

The U.S. State Department has said that whistle-blower website WikiLeaks' plans to post masses of confidential U.S. government are "irresponsible."

State Department spokesman Philip Crowley said that "It will place lives and interests at risk. It is irresponsible."

He said that the United States was "gearing up for the worst-case scenario," and Washington had been briefing governments about the leak.

Crowley said that Secretary of State Hillary Clinton has reached out to leaders in Germany, Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates, Britain, France, and Afghanistan.

WikiLeaks is expected to put online some 3 million leaked cables covering U.S. dealings and its confidential views of other countries. Many fear it will embarrass the United States and its allies and reveal sensitive details.

Australia has also condemned WikiLeaks' behavior as "reckless."

compiled from agency reports
Wilber W.
Group Organizer
London, GB
Post #: 3,007
Turkey, US Await a Whack from WikiLeaks‎
- Journal of Turkish Weekly -

Saturday, 27 November 2010

A new round of confidential documents about to be released by the whistle-blowing WikiLeaks organization had officials and analysts around the world on edge Friday as reports spread about the trove’s contents. The documents are said to include proof of a reciprocal double-cross by both the United States and Turkey in aiding terrorist organizations.

Reports speculate that the leaked diplomatic cables will show that Washington aided the outlawed Kurdistan Workers’ Party, or PKK, and that Turkey helped al-Qaeda in Iraq. Anxiety mounted Friday as the United States contacted its allies through its embassies in an attempt to brace for the release of what could amount to millions of documents.

U.S. officials briefed counterparts in Ankara about some documents WikiLeaks will publish that relate to Turkey, Turkish Foreign Ministry officials told the Hürriyet Daily News & Economic Review on Friday.

WikiLeaks has not revealed what will be contained in its forthcoming release, saying only that there would be “seven times” as many secret documents as the 400,000 it posted in the “Iraq War Logs,” released in late October.

The Turkish Foreign Ministry on Friday rejected allegations that Turkey has supported al-Qaeda, and the United States similarly denied that it has supported the PKK, which is listed as a terrorist organization by both Turkey and the United States.

“Turkey has never given support to any terrorist organization. Fighting against terror is our priority and we don’t make differentiations between terrorist organizations. Turkey has launched many operations against al-Qaeda,” a Turkish Foreign Ministry official told the Daily News.

Asked about the allegations that the U.S. helped the outlawed PKK, the same official said, “Turkey and the U.S. are carrying out an efficient cooperation in the fight against the PKK.”

“We will evaluate the issue when the documents are released and contact U.S. officials about the issue if needed,” another diplomatic source told the Daily News on Friday.

The U.S. State Department said Friday that U.S. embassies around the world had “begun the process of informing governments that a release of documents is possible in the near future.”

“These revelations... are going to create tensions in relationships between our diplomats and our friends around the world,” said State Department spokesman Philip Crowley.

Deborah Guido, spokeswoman for the U.S. embassy in Ankara, told the Daily News that the U.S. government’s policy “has never been nor will ever be in support of the PKK. Anything that implies otherwise is nonsense.”

Recalling that the United States considers the PKK a terrorist organization, Guido said: “Since 2007, our military cooperation with the Turkish government in fighting the PKK has shown results. The U.S. Treasury Department has also named top PKK figures as ‘drug kingpins’ in issuing further sanctions against the PKK.”

Guido’s comment referred to an agreement between Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdoğan and former U.S. President George W. Bush in November 2007, when Bush pledged the U.S. military would share intelligence with the Turkish Army in the fight against the PKK. Acting on U.S. electronic intelligence, the Turkish Air Force has repeatedly hit PKK targets in northern Iraq since that time.

“We are committed together with the Turkish government to fighting terrorism, whether from al-Qaeda or the PKK. My government remains firmly committed to supporting Turkey’s efforts to combat the PKK, which has for too long threatened Turkey and taken Turkish lives,” Guido said. “The United States is continuing all operational and informational support and, since the increase in PKK attacks, it has increased facilitation in various ways.”

In Iraq, the U.S. ambassador in Baghdad, James Jeffrey, told reporters he was “worried about additional documents coming out,” according to Agence France-Presse. “WikiLeaks is an absolutely awful impediment to my business, which is to be able to have discussions in confidence with people,” said Jeffrey, who served as ambassador to Turkey before taking on his post in Baghdad. “I do not understand the motivation for releasing these documents. They will not help; they will simply hurt our ability to do our work here.”

A new posting would mark WikiLeaks’ third mass release of classified documents after it published 77,000 secret U.S. files on the Afghan conflict in July.

‘Unreliable’ claims

Former Turkish Foreign Minister İlter Türkmen said he thought WikiLeaks’ claims of Turkish support for al-Qaeda and U.S. assistance to the PKK were unreliable.

“The U.S. had close relations with Iraqi Kurds and helped a lot following the Iraq War. I don’t think that the U.S. deliberately supported the PKK. Maybe the U.S. support to Iraqi Kurds could be misunderstood,” he said.

“Even during the tension between Ankara and Washington in the aftermath of the Iraq War, I don’t think the Americans could do any operations against Turkey,” Türkmen added. The former foreign minister, however, left the door open by saying that the United States has many intelligence services and hinted that there could be some contacts with the PKK.

Türkmen noted Turkey’s close cooperation with U.S. and European intelligence services about al-Qaeda. “Moreover, Turkey made operations against al-Qaeda. Allegations of Turkey’s support for al-Qaeda are irrational,” he said.

Pınar Tank, a senior researcher at the Peace Research Institute Oslo, said media reports about the WikiLeaks release suggested that Iraqi citizens residing in Turkey aided groups in Iraq with links to al-Qaeda.

“A U.S. military report charges Turkey with failing to control its borders,” Tank wrote in an e-mail to the Daily News. “While this may be the case, this cannot be equated with an official policy of aiding al-Qaeda.”

Serhat Erkmen, the head of the international-relations department at Ahi Evran University and an expert with Middle Eastern Strategic Research Studies, or ORSAM, said more information is needed to assess the allegations.

“Regarding the Turkey-al-Qaeda claims, we need to see the documents to understand what kind of support they are talking about,” Erkmen told the Daily News in an email. “Also we need to see – if there are those kinds of documents – which groups are in those documents because when you say al-Qaeda in Iraq it is really a wide area and includes a lot of groups."

Professor Hasan Köni from Kültür University dismissed the allegations, saying that the United States, especially the Pentagon, sometimes uses WikiLeaks for its own interests.

“The U.S. can identify anyone as al-Qaeda,” Köni told the Daily News on Friday. “If Turkey has contacted any politicians whom Washington was not in favor of, then the U.S. could be calling that politician [someone] from al-Qaeda. We should be sober on the documents since some circles in the U.S. could be using them for their interests.”
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