NATO condemns leak of classified documents on Afghan war
The leakage of classified information is inappropriate and unhelpful but some of the information in these reports is indicative of the reasons that NATO modified its strategy to deepen its partnership with Afghan and Pakistani partners, while working hard to protect Afghans from insurgent attacks and intimidation, Brigadier-General Josef Blotz spokesman of NATO-led International Security Assistance Force ( ISAF) said on Wednesday, Xinhua reported.
"Let me assure you, this unfortunate event will not impact our ongoing commitment to deepen our partnership with Afghanistan and Pakistan, to defeat our common enemies and to support the aspirations of the Afghan and Pakistani people," he told a joint news conference with Afghan Defense Minister Spokesman Zahir Azimi here.
He also said that, "We condemn these irresponsible leaks."
He made these remarks in the wake of releasing over 90,000 pieces of documents, revealed by WikiLeaks.org - a whistleblower website early this week that pointed to Afghan civilian casualties inflicted by NATO and the alleged covered support of Pakistan and Iran to Taliban militants.
However, the White House is warning the move could threaten U.S. national security.
Regarding the killing of 52 civilians by ISAF forces in Sangind district of the southern Helmand province on Friday, spokesman of the alliance stressed that a joint Afghan and NATO assessment is going on to find the fact.
However the spokesman of over 130,000-strong ISAF troops said that ISAF by conducting mechanism has significantly reduced the incident by 13 percent recently.