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WikiLeaks Founder On Afghan War Diary: Evidence Of War Crimes In Leaked Documents

First Posted: 07/27/10 12:22 AM ET Updated: 05/25/11 06:10 PM ET

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(Associated Press) -- WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange says the release of U.S. military documents relating to the war in Afghanistan is like opening the files of East Germany's secret Stasi police. He says there appears to be evidence of war crimes in the leaked documents.

The online whistle-blower WikiLeaks on Sunday posted some 91,000 leaked U.S. military records of six years of the war, including unreported incidents of Afghan civilian killings and covert operations against Taliban figures.

Assange told reporters Monday "it is up to a court to decide really if something in the end is a crime. That said ... there does appear to be evidence of war crimes."

He said what's been reported so far has "only scratched the surface."

The White House, Britain and Pakistan have all condemned the documents' release.

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Filed by Nicholas Sabloff  |