Whistle-blower site plans release

June 22, 2010 at 8:01 AM
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WASHINGTON, June 22 (UPI) -- A whistle-blower site says it plans to release documents and combat footage of a U.S. airstrike that killed scores of Afghan civilians near Garani in 2009.

Founder Julian Assange of Wikileaks.org says the documents may be released as soon as this week and the combat footage will be made public this summer, The Washington Post reported Tuesday.

An Army intelligence analyst, Pfc. Bradley Manning, reportedly has claimed to be the source of the leak but Assange refused to confirm it.

Nevertheless, three U.S. lawyers have been secured by Wikileaks on a pro bono basis to help Manning, 22, who is being held in Kuwait.

An Army spokesman told the Post he was unaware if Manning has retained civilian counsel.

Manning was arrested after authorities were informed by a former hacker that Manning told the hacker he gave Wikileaks sensitive videos and hundreds of U.S. State Department cables.

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