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Fallout from Wikileaks revelations turns political

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Fallout from Wikileaks revelations turns political


The fallout from the Wikileaks disclosures concerning alleged killings and torture in Iraq continues. In the UK, the ruling coalition appears split over the issue.

The shooting of apparently surrendering insurgents was just one of the incidents in the 400,000 classified military logs posted on the web.

The UK’s Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg who opposed the war from the outset has said the allegations must be properly examined. However this has put him at odds with the Ministry of Defence which has roundly condemned the un-authorised release of the material.

It is feared the accusations that British and US troops turned a blind eye to torture and abuse of prisoners by Iraqi forces could endanger the lives of allied military personnel.

Opposers to the war say the leaks have vindicated their stance over the then Tony Blair government’s decision to invade.
They have also pointed to the Wikileaks claim that civilian deaths in Iraq have been underestimated.

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