White House urges halt to leaking of secret documents

By ASSOCIATED PRESS
July 30, 2010 17:22

 
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WASHINGTON  — The White House on Friday implored the website WikiLeaks to stop posting secret Afghanistan war documents as the Pentagon pressed its investigation of the leaks, bringing a soldier charged with handing over classified video back to the US for trial.

Obama administration officials said the investigation of the release of tens of thousands of classified documents could extend beyond members of the military. White House spokesman Robert Gibbs said posting the war logs on the Web jeopardized national security and put the lives of Afghan informants and US military personnel at risk.

Asked what the Obama administration could do to stop the posting of more war secrets, Gibbs said, "We can do nothing but implore the person that has those classified top secret documents not to post any more."

"I think it's important that no more damage be done to our national security," Gibbs told NBC television's "Today" show Friday.

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