On Sunday Wikileaks released 75,000 secret US Military reports covering the war in Afghanistan from 2004 to 2010. Said to be the biggest leak in Intelligence history, the Afghan war diary is probably the most significant archive released during the course of a war. The war logs reveal the war’s grim toll on civilians, the US-led hunt for the Taliban and how the surge in attacks has been deadly for both troops and civilians. Most significant for India, the war logs also point fingers at Pakistan, revealing the hand of Pakistan’s spy agency, ISI in the insurgency.
Wikileaks’s media partners New York Times, The Guardian and Der Spiegel published reports similtaneously with the leaks. The New York Times described the war logs as “a six-year archive of classified military documents [that] offers an unvarnished and grim picture of the Afghan war”. The Guardian called the material “one of the biggest leaks in US military history … a devastating portrait of the failing war in Afghanistan, revealing how coalition forces have killed hundreds of civilians in unreported incidents, Taliban attacks have soared and NATO commanders fear neighbouring Pakistan and Iran are fuelling the insurgency”. Der Spiegel wrote that “the editors in chief of Speigel, The New York Times and the Guardian were ‘unanimous in their belief that there is a justified public interest in the material’”
Read the NYT report here.
Read The Guardian report here
Click here for Der Speigel’s report.
For the original Wikileaks war diary click here.