Pentagon: WikiLeaks release threatens U.S. relations with allies

Pentagon: WikiLeaks release threatens U.S. relations with allies
# 24 November 2010 23:14 (UTC +04:00)
Baku – APA. The Pentagon is warning members of Congress that U.S. relations with its allies could be damaged if the whistle-blower group, WikiLeaks, carries out its plan to publish more classified records on the internet, APA reports quoting CNN.
A Defense Department official said the records are U.S. State Department documents containing information on military matters. WikiLeaks indicated Monday it is preparing to release the classified documents soon.
In October, WikiLeaks released nearly 400,000 U.S. military reports about operations in Iraq. In July, it released more than 70,000 reports from the war in Afghanistan.
"Next release is 7x the size of the Iraq War Logs," the group stated via Twitter. "Intense pressure over it for months. Keep us strong."
The Defense Department has been bracing for the release of more secrets by WikiLeaks, which officials say possesses more Pentagon material beyond what the group’s founder, Julian Assange, has admitted to having.
The military has charged Pfc. Bradley Manning with leaking videos to WikiLeaks as well as downloading documents from military computers while he was an intelligence analyst in Iraq. Among the documents he is alleged to have taken are 150,000 diplomatic cables. WikiLeaks has denied being in possession of those cables.
Manning is being held at a military jail in Quantico, Virginia.
The Stockholm Criminal Court recently issued an international arrest warrant for Assange, saying he is suspected of rape, sexual molestation and illegal use of force.