THE UNITED STATES has launched an intensive investigation into the source of the major leak of over 92,000 documents logging the ongoing occupation of Afghanistan, as the grim reality of the war emerges from its details.
Among the stories emerging as the documents were digested was the story that the CIA had shot a deaf mute man who could not hear soldiers approaching him with warning calls.
When the man “ran out fear and confusion”, security forces shot him in the ankle.
Another log revealed that Polish soldiers killed six civilians and wounded many others – including a pregnant woman – at a wedding party, without as much as wounding a single ‘anti-coalition militia’.
In another incident an official log – which said that an ‘improvised explosive device’ in Kandahar had wounded three Royal Marines and killed 25 civilians – there is no mention of UK soldiers shooting at bystanders, in contrast to the accounts given by locals to journalists at the time.
Pentagon officials said that people responsible for handing over the documents must have had high security clearance to have access to such documents.
“Until we know who’s responsible, you have to hold out the possibility that there could be more information that has yet to be disclosed. And that’s obviously a concern,” said the Pentagon press secretary, Geoff Morrell.
His White House counterpart Robert Gibbs confirmed the government was investigating, but refused to disclose details.