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STOCKHOLM – WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange said Wednesday the Pentagon has expressed willingness to discuss the online whistleblower's request for help in reviewing classified documents from the Afghan war and removing information that could harm civilians.
"This week we received contact through our lawyers that the General Counsel of the U.S. Army says now that they want to discuss the issue," Assange told The Associate.
Pentagon rules out negotiations on 'sanitized' Wikileaks
(AFP) – 1 hour ago
WASHINGTON — The Pentagon said Wednesday it would not negotiate with WikiLeaks to create "a sanitized version" of a second batch of classified Afghan war documents the whistle-blower website plans to release.
A WikiLeaks insider in Iceland told AFP the US military was willing to discuss removing sensitive information from the 15,000 confidential documents, but the Pentagon appeared to deny this was the case.
"We've had no direct contact with WikiLeaks," said Pentagon spokesman Bryan Whitman. "We are not interested in negotiating a sanitized version of the classified documents."
WikiLeaks has already released nearly 77,000 leaked classified US military documents about the war in Afghanistan and is preparing to publish 15,000 more, despite criticism that doing so could endanger lives, since the files include names of some Afghan informants.