Tuesday, July 27, 2010

Crapo: Outrage to Very Strong Questioning on True Picture of War

Posted By on Tue, Jul 27, 2010 at 11:19 AM

The timing couldn't be worse. As the U.S. House debates war spending on Tuesday, much of Washington, D.C., is embroiled in debates over leaked war documents.

Monday, a six-year archive of classified military documents were released on the Internet by an organization called WikiLeaks. Some media, including The New York Times, The Guardian, and Der Spiegel agreed not to disclose anything that was likely to put lives at risk or jeopardize military or antiterrorist operations. But the leaked documents quickly became "viral" across the globe, questioning the supporting role of some Pakistani officials in the Afghan insurgency.

"Americans are concerned about what this tells us about the war effort," said Idaho Sen. Mike Crapo. "Three important questions: 'What's the true role of Pakistan? Are they an ally to the U.S. or Taliban? How should we deal with it?'" Crapo told Citydesk.

"The main dynamic in Washington is ranging from outrage to very strong questioning to what is the true picture of the war, and how might this change the picture that has been painted by the Pentagon," said Crapo.

Pakistan strongly denied suggestions that its military spy service has guided the Afghan insurgency.

At a news conference in London, Julian Assange, founder of WikiLeaks, defended the release of the documents. "I'd like to see this material taken seriously and investigated, and new policies, if not prosecutions, result from it," he said.

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