Saturday, July 31, 2010

WikiLeaks Damage: Fears that Taliban will Assassinate Afghan Informants Identified

The damage caused by the Assange / WikiLeaks posting of classified documents to the war effort as a whole is yet to be determined.  These are not exactly on par with the "Pentagon Papers".  However, if you are an Afghan informant who provided information to the coalition and your name is mentioned - then you might run for cover.  Reports are out there that the Taliban is scouring the documents and now hunting down the informants to kill them.

"The military are now waiting to see whether the Wikileaks revelations will have an enduring impact on the campaign. What is accepted is that the release of local interpreters’ names, along with the precise GPS reference of where they live, will certainly lead to a loss of faith, and time will judge whether the interpreters or intelligence sources come back." (see "Beating the Taliban one step at a time", Telegraph UK, July 31, 2010.
See also "Wikileaks Afghanistan: Taliban 'hunting down informants'", Telegraph UK, July 30, 2010.

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