U.S. Urges Allies To Investigate WikiLeaks

U.S. Urges Allies To Investigate WikiLeaks

The Huffington Post   |  Doug Sarro First Posted: 08-10-10 04:45 PM   |   Updated: 08-10-10 05:11 PM

Today’s AfPak round-up:

WikiLeaks clashes with rights groups. Five leading human rights groups, including Amnesty International and George Soros’s Open Society Institute, urged WikiLeaks to redact from its Afghan war logs the names of thousands Afghan informants who could be targeted by the Taliban. The request provoked an angry response from WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange, who first told Amnesty it should comb through the documents and remove the names itself, then reportedly wrote: “I’m very busy and have no time to deal with people who prefer to do nothing but cover their asses.” [WSJ]

Washington urges allies to investigate WikiLeaks. U.S. officials hope a series of criminal investigations against WikiLeaks will restrict founder Julian Assange’s ability to travel. They say the move reflects their belief that sites like WikiLeaks pose a threat both to Washington and its allies, and that even anti-censorship groups and left-leaning governments will try to avoid defending the increasingly controversial Assange. [Daily Beast]