WikiLeaks Documents Show Stumbling War Effort in Afghanistan

The New York Times and two European newspapers published details of classified documents on the war in Afghanistan, released to them by free-information website WikiLeaks.

The over 90,000 reports portray a stumbling war effort in Afghanistan, with fraught relations between the United States and Pakistan over its relationship with the Taliban.

"It provides a whole map, if you like, through time, of what has happened during this war," WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange said in a TV interview, according to The Washington Post.

Assange founded WikiLeaks, a non-profit website, in 2007. The website describes itself as "uncensorable Wikipedia for untraceable mass document leaking and analysis." Its most notable success was leaking a video showing U.S. military personnel killing civilians, including two Reuters journalists, in 2007.

Assange is a native of Australia. He attended 37 different schools as a child, moving frequently thanks to his parents' work in a touring theatre company, The Daily Telegraph reported. Assange has no home address, though he frequently is found in Iceland and Sweden, countries whose laws protect Internet privacy.




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