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German Commander in Afghanistan: Wikileaks puts lives at risk

- The German commander of ISAF International Security Assistance in Afghanistan (ISAF) said today that the release of tens of thousands of secret protocols on intervention in the Hindukush is endangering the lives of their soldiers.

“I think this attitude is completely irresponsible,” German General Hans Werner Fritz in Mazar-i-Sharif said last night.

The general was referring to Wikileaks, the Internet platform which last month published confidential military documents including names of Afghans cooperating with ISAF soldiers.

“This not only endangers the lives of our German soldiers, but of all the soldiers who are here in Afghanistan,” he said.

Fritz said so during a visit of German Defense Minister, Karl-Theodor zu Guttenberg and the president of the German parliament, Norbert Lammert, to Afghanistan, in a press conference after the arrival of the German authorities.

The general view is that Wikileaks publishing these confidential documents may not produce an immediate effect.