Pentagon demands Wikileaks files
Wikileaks posted a video of a helicopter attack in Iraq earlier this year, sparking controversy
Friday, August 06, 2010
00:03 Mecca time, 21:03 GMT
The Pentagon has demanded that the whistle-blower website Wikileaks hand over all classified US military documents it has not yet published and remove existing material posted online.
Wikileaks is in possession of about 15,000 secret papers relating to the war in Afghanistan which it did not publish to protect those mentioned in the documents.
"We are asking them to do the right thing," said Geoff Morrell, a Pentagon spokesman, as he made a public request for WikiLeaks to hand over the US documents and delete material it had put on the Internet.
"We hope they will honor our demands," he said, adding that the US government was the rightful owner of all the classified material in WikiLeaks' possession.