Frame grab image from classified US military gun camera footage released by Wikileaks.org in April 2010
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WASHINGTON (AP) -- The leak of 91,000 classified U.S. records on the Afghanistan war by the whistle-blower website Wikileaks.org is one of the largest unauthorized disclosures in military history.
The documents cover much of what the public already knows about the troubled nine-year conflict.
That includes U.S. special operations forces targeting militants without trial, Afghan civilians killed by accident, and U.S. officials' fury at alleged Pakistani intelligence cooperation with militants.
WikiLeaks posted the documents yesterday. The New York Times, London's Guardian newspaper and the German weekly Der Spiegel were given early access to the records.
The release was instantly condemned by U.S. and Pakistani officials as both potentially harmful and irrelevant to the situation now.
WikiLeaks says the release "did not generally include top-secret organizations."
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