Feeds

Wikileaks creaks under demand for Afghan war logs

Thousands of front line reports released

Beginner's guide to SSL certificates

Tens of thousands of US Army documents revealing details of the war in Afghanistan were published by Wikileaks late last night and interest is almost bringing the website to a halt.

The "War Logs" were also given to newspapers and reveal far more civilian casualties than previously admitted and deep concerns about the role of Pakistan in the region.

The 92,000 documents cover the period January 2004 to December 2009. They are mostly written by sergeants on the ground, although there is also analysis and strategy from more senior ranks.

They also suggest that Pakistani secret service agents meet regularly with the Taliban to discuss attacks on Afghan officials.

The documents provide evidence of special forces operating as "snatch or kill" squads seeking out Taliban leaders.

US officials condemned the leak as dangerous and irresponsible and described Wikileaks as opposed to US policy in Afghanistan. But the editors of the three main newspapers which received the data said they would not publish sensitive information or anything which could be used to identify informants or create extra risks for Western forces still operating there.

Julian Assange, the founder of Wikileaks, said it was the job of journalism to take on powerful interests and documents released showed the true face of the war in Afghanistan. He said they provided an overarching context as well as detail of individual actions of the conflict.

There is a list of Wikileaks mirrors here.

The New York Times, the Guardian and Der Spiegel all got early access to the documents. ®

Intelligent flash storage arrays

More from The Register

next story
Facebook pays INFINITELY MORE UK corp tax than in 2012
Thanks for the £3k, Zuck. Doh! you're IN CREDIT. Guess not
Big Content outs piracy hotbeds: São Paulo, Beijing ... TORONTO?
MPAA calls Canadians a bunch of bootlegging movie thieves
Google Glassholes are UNDATEABLE – HP exec
You need an emotional connection, says touchy-feely MD... We can do that
YARR! Pirates walk the plank: DMCA magnets sink in Google results
Spaffing copyrighted stuff over the web? No search ranking for you
Just don't blame Bono! Apple iTunes music sales PLUMMET
Cupertino revenue hit by cheapo downloads, says report
Hungary's internet tax cannot be allowed to set a precedent, says EC
More protests planned against giga-tariff for Tuesday evening
US court SHUTS DOWN 'scammers posing as Microsoft, Facebook support staff'
Netizens allegedly duped into paying for bogus tech advice
prev story

Whitepapers

Choosing cloud Backup services
Demystify how you can address your data protection needs in your small- to medium-sized business and select the best online backup service to meet your needs.
A strategic approach to identity relationship management
ForgeRock commissioned Forrester to evaluate companies’ IAM practices and requirements when it comes to customer-facing scenarios versus employee-facing ones.
Reg Reader Research: SaaS based Email and Office Productivity Tools
Read this Reg reader report which provides advice and guidance for SMBs towards the use of SaaS based email and Office productivity tools.
New hybrid storage solutions
Tackling data challenges through emerging hybrid storage solutions that enable optimum database performance whilst managing costs and increasingly large data stores.
Business security measures using SSL
Examines the major types of threats to information security that businesses face today and the techniques for mitigating those threats.