US: Limited damage from leak of Afghan war logs

By ASSOCIATED PRESS
October 15, 2010 21:45






WASHINGTON — The Defense Department says the July posting of tens of thousands of secret Afghan war logs by the WikiLeaks website compromised no sensitive intelligence sources or practices.




But the military says that the leak's disclosure of the names of Afghans who cooperated with the US put them at risk, and would probably cause significant harm to US national security interests.




The conclusions came in a letter signed by Secretary of Defense Robert Gates Aug. 16. It was obtained Friday by The Associated Press.




Gates also told Sen. Carl Levin, chairman of the Senate Armed Services Committee, that an initial review of the leaked documents showed that they related mostly to day-to-day military operations rather than more sensitive matters.



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