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US plays down WikiLeaks revelations

US plays down WikiLeaks revelations
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The US has played down the release of secret military documents by the WikiLeaks website.

State Department spokesman PJ Crowley said the battlefield reports provided an incomplete picture of the situation in Afghanistan, brushing them off as old news.

“The people in Afghanistan and Pakistan will be do exactly what people in the United States and other countries are doing,” Crowley told reporters.

“(They will) digest these documents and then put them in context. But overall, these documents highlight issues which we’ve long known about.”

Analysts said revelations that Pakistani agents met Taliban insurgents to organise attacks on US troops are unlikely to damage diplomatic ties with the United States.

The documents, dubbed the Afghan War Diaries, allege the former head of Pakistan’s intelligence service held secret strategy sessions with the Taliban even as the country received in US aid.

WikiLeaks put some 70,000 documents online early on Monday morning.

Other files suggest that the US military deliberately covered up civilian casualties during the nine-year-old Afghan conflict.

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