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WikiLeaks brandishes "truths" on Iraq
WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange (file photo)
Sat Oct 23, 2010 11:24AM
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The founder of the whistleblower website, WikiLeaks, has played down the US complaint over the disclosure of documents showing the "truth" behind the Iraq war.

Speaking at a news briefing in London after the website released details of nearly 400,000 declassified US military documents, WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange stood by his decision to take the lid off the scale of human sufferings and damages inflicted upon the Iraqi people in the nine-year-old conflict.

"This disclosure is about the truth," Assange told reporters in a veiled swipe at recent statement made by US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, who harshly condemned the largest leak of classified documents in US history on Friday.

The WikiLeaks editor-in-chief went on to say that his website intends to create the "maximum political impact possible" through their latest release.

"While I am not sure we have achieved the maximum possible (political impact) I think we are getting pretty close," he noted.

Assange revealed further details of the leaked documents, saying that at least 109,000 people were killed, including 66,000 civilians between 2003 and 2009.

According to Assange, at least 15,000 deaths have never been reported as the documents show many fatalities were caused by the operation carried out by the US security firm, Blackwater.

"That tremendous scale should not make us blind to the small human scale in this material. It is the deaths of one and two people per event that killed the overwhelming number of people in Iraq," he lamented.

Meanwhile, WikiLeaks' spokesman Kristinn Hrafnsson also said in the conference that the website will soon release compelling secret reports on the conflict in Afghanistan.

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