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Wikileaks Mum On Release Date Of Documents

October 20, 2010

Whistleblower website WikiLeaks said Tuesday that it would not speculate on what or when anything would be released, amid intense concerns that more US military documents would be published.

In a tweet on the micro-blogging site Twitter, WikiLeaks said: “We did not say we were publishing something on Iraq.”

The US Pentagon said last week it was going through Iraq war documents trying to prepare for the potential fallout from the expected release of 400,000 secret military files by WikiLeaks.

However, WikiLeaks spokesman, Kristinn Hrafnsson, said later that the website would not release the documents on the Iraq war on Monday, but would publish them “very soon.”

“I can say with certainty that WikiLeaks will publish something very soon,” Hrafnsson told the AFP news agency, adding that “we don’t comment on what we are working on and don’t give any exact dates.”

Pentagon officials set up a 120-person taskforce several weeks ago to sift through the Iraq database to “determine what the possible impacts” would be, said Colonel David Lapan, a spokesman for the Pentagon.

A possible release of new secret war documents would most likely overshadow the 77,000 classified US military documents on the Afghanistan war published by WikiLeaks in July.

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