The Pentagon has said it will not negotiate with Wikileaks to create a “sanitised version” of the planned release of a second batch of classified Afghan war documents.
The White House is trying to persuade the whistle-blowing website to abandon its planned publication of 15,000 more files.
Intelligence analysts have identified the files involved and said their release would be even more damaging to national security and the war effort than the 77,000 items already in the public domain.
Washington said any more revelations could endanger lives as the latest documents include the names of Afghans who have been working as informants.
The US Defence Department said apart from naming names, the documents convey information about tactics, techniques and procedures that would help the Taliban and al-Qaeda.
Pentagon rules out 'sanitised' Afghan Wikileaks