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White House condemns leak

Narayan Lakshman

Washington: The White House reacted strongly within hours of the release of documents relating to the Afghan war by whistle-blower website, WikiLeaks. National Security Advisor General James Jones said in a statement that the U.S. “strongly condemns the disclosure of classified information by individuals and organisations which could put the lives of Americans and our partners at risk, and threaten our national security.”

He especially criticised Wikileaks for making “no effort to contact us about these documents,” complaining that the U.S. government had learned of the release from news organisations. General Jones was also quick to reassure that such “irresponsible” leaks would not impact the U.S.'s commitment to deepen its partnerships with Afghanistan and Pakistan.

Gen. Jones said there had been a shift in the Af-Pak region under President Obama which entailed a “substantial increase in resources for Afghanistan, and increased focus on Al-Qaeda and Taliban safe-havens in Pakistan, precisely because of the grave situation that had developed over several years.” While there were still “serious challenges” ahead, the U.S. was focused on breaking the Taliban's momentum and building Afghan capacity.

To those in Pakistan who might be worried about the impact of the leak, he added that in the context of the country's cooperation with the U.S. since 2009, “counter-terrorism cooperation has led to significant blows against Al-Qaeda's leadership... [and] the Pakistani military has gone on the offensive in Swat and South Waziristan, at great cost to the Pakistani military and people.”

However, in what might have been a tacit acknowledgement of the veracity of some of the reports leaked, General Jones cautioned: “Yet the Pakistani government — and Pakistan's military and intelligence services — must continue their strategic shift against insurgent groups.”

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