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October 18, 2010

WikiLeaks Holds Off Posting Secret Military Reports

A WikiLeaks spokesman told reporters today that the website will not publish the 400,000 secret military reports on the Iraq war on Monday, but would make new documents public "very soon."

"There are rumors that have been floating around for some time, there is nothing you can do about it, they're obviously not correct. I can confirm that there's nothing coming out today," Kristinn Hrafnsson told AFP.

"I can say with certainty that WikiLeaks will publish something very soon," the close collaborator of WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange added.

"We don't comment on what we are working on and don't give any exact dates," he said.

The Pentagon said Friday that it was scouring through an Iraqi War database preparing for potential fallout from releasing such information.

The massive release is set to dwarf the whistleblower website's publication of 77,000 classified U.S. military documents on the war in Afghanistan in July, including the names of Afghan informants and other details from raw intelligence reports.

WikiLeaks is also facing money troubles as British firm Moneybookers, which WikiLeaks uses to collect donations, closed its website's account in August after the U.S. and Australian officials blacklisted the whistleblower site in the days following the initial release of Afghan war documents.

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