August 17, 2010

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Any US and allied casualties that result from the publication of classified Afghan war documents would be an acceptable risk, WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange said today,, saying “such information is also likely to save a great many lives.”

US military officials have warned about the danger posed to Afghan informants and others since Assange released 76,000 once-secret war documents.

The founder of the whistleblower website says he will publish the remaining 15,000 documents within a month despite more warnings from the US government.

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In a live webchat hosted by the Swedish newspaper Dagens Nyheter, Assange was asked how he felt about the possibility that anyone named in those documents could get “hurt or even killed” based on the information in the document dump.

He suggested he was weighing the risk against the benefit.

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