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Pentagon Says It Will Not Cooperate With WikiLeaks Request For Help, AP Reports

Earlier this week, WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange attends a seminar at the Swedish Trade Union Confederation headquarters in Stockholm. Bertil Ericson/AFP hide caption

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Earlier this month, WikiLeaks posted these two messages on its Twitter page:


WikiLeaks says it wants to conduct a "harm-minimization review" of some 15,000 pages of reports from the so-called "Afghan War Diary, 2004-2010," prior to releasing the leaked reports to the public.

The organization's founder, Julian Assange, has said he wants to post the documents online within the next few weeks.

According to an Associated Press story, "WikiLeaks has asked the Pentagon for help in reviewing the documents to purge the names of Afghan informants from the files."

Earlier today, Assange told the wire service that the Department of Defense had responded to the WikiLeaks request. According to the wire service, he said "the Pentagon has expressed willingness to discuss the online whistleblower's request for help in reviewing classified documents from the Afghan war and removing information that could harm civilians."

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A more-recent AP story tells a different story: "The Pentagon is denying it had direct contact with WikiLeaks and says the military is not interested in helping the website review classified war documents to post online," Pauline Jelinek reports, citing Department of Defense spokesman Bryan Whitman.