Pakistani agents helping Afghan Taliban: US leaked reports

US leaked military reports say Pakistan was "secretly supporting the Taliban in Afghanistan."

Pakistani agents helping Afghan Taliban: US leaked reports

U.S. officials believe Pakistan, taking massive amounts of American aid for US-backed local offensives, was secretly supporting the Taliban in Afghanistan , military reports leaked on Sunday say.

In all, some 92,000 documents were released by the web whistleblower Wikileaks, containing previously untold details of the Afghan invasion through Pentagon files and field reports spanning from 2004 to 2010.

The documents were made available first to The New York Times, Britain's The Guardian newspaper and German weekly Der Spiegel.

According to the Times report, the unverified documents suggest Pakistan "allows representatives of its spy service to meet directly with the Talibanin secret strategy sessions to organise networks of militant groups that fight against American soldiers in Afghanistan, and even hatch plots to assassinate Afghan leaders".

A summary of the documents is available at //www.wikileaks.org, along with a link to the webpage where WikiLeaks said the documents would be posted later on Sunday.

According to the records, the US has tried to cover up the fact that the Taliban have heat-seeking surface-to-air "stinger" missiles.

Included in the many revelations of the leaked documents were also reports that the CIA expanded paramilitary operations in Afghanistan and ran the Afghan spy agency from 2001-2008.

Pakistan's ISI had helped establish the Taliban's government in the 1990s, when Afghanistan was wracked by infighting following the withdrawal of Soviet troops.

The country's leadership reversed course after the September 11, 2001 attacks on the US, agreeing to assist the US against the Taliban, which the US accused of sheltering Osama bin Laden, the al-Qaeda leader.

US reaction


The White House responded immediately with a strong condemnation of the disclosures by the organization WikiLeaks, saying it could threaten national security and endanger the lives of Americans and those of its allies.

U.S. officials said the documents focused on the period leading to the launch of Obama's Afghan strategy in December 2009, when he authorized the deployment of 30,000 additional troops.

"Pakistan: report irresponsible"

Pakistan's ambassador to the United States, Husain Haqqani, said leaking unprocessed reports from the battlefield was "irresponsible".

"These reports reflect nothing more than single source comments and rumors, which abound on both sides of the Pakistan-Afghanistan border and are often proved wrong," he said in a statement.

WikiLeaks promotes the leaking of information to fight government and corporate corruption.

The source of leak was unknown.

But, the last person suspected of providing classified material to the outlet is an American soldier who has been charged with two counts of misconduct for allegedly providing video footage of a US Apache helicopter strike in Iraq in which around a dozen people were gunned down in broad daylight.

Agencies

Güncelleme Tarihi: 26 Temmuz 2010, 12:18

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