Whistleblowing site Wikileaks says that it will not be intimidated by the Pentagon and will publish its remaining 15,000 Afghan war documents within a month.
The Pentagon has said that secret information will be even more damaging to security and risk more lives.
Wikileaks founder Julian Assange told reporters in Stockholm that his organisation will not be threatened by the Pentagon or any other group.
He said that he was proceeding very carefully with this material.Chatting to AP he said that if US defence officials want to be seen as promoting democracy then they “must protect what the United States’ founders considered to be their central value, which is freedom of the press”.
He said that for the Pentagon to threaten and demand censorship of a press organisation is a cause for concern, not just for the press but for the Pentagon itself.
Wikileaks was about halfway through a “line-by-line review” of the 15,000 documents and that “innocent parties who are under reasonable threat” would be deleted.
He said that it should be all tied up in a couple of weeks to a month. Wikileaks would then work with media partners in releasing the remaining documents.Assange said that while no country has taken steps to shut down Wikileaks, some have been gathering intelligence on the organisation.
Apparently the Austrialians and the UK have been at the forefront of spying efforts against Wikileaks.
Of course the Americans have been questioning anyone they can. One Wikileaks volunteer was even locked up for four hours and later freed.
Assange added that Wikileaks passes information through Belgium and Sweden to take advantage of press freedom laws there.
However, some legal experts say that it does not have a publishing certificate in Sweden so it is not protected. Already two Swedish publications had offered their publication certificates to Wikileaks, but Assange said that Wikileaks will be registering its own this week.