The Pentagon has demanded that the web site WikiLeaks return the 15,000 secret documents it has yet to post on the Internet and that it removes those already available on the Net.
The web site has already uploaded as many as 91,000 documents on the war in Afghanistan.
The defence department wants the documents back.
Pentagon spokesperson Geoff Morrell made the
“ The only acceptable course is for Wikileaks to take steps immediately to return all versions of all these documents to the US governments and permanently delete them from its website, computers and records. A final note Wikileaks webpage constitutes a brazen solicitation to US government officials, including our military to break the law.”
The US says the publication of the documents has threatened its troops, its allies and Afghan citizens.
US Attorney General Eric Holder said the justice department is investigating the source of the leaks.
WikiLeaks provides a home for material that government and business seek to keep out of the public domain and publishes them in electronic form to an online audience.