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Pentagon Bracing for WikiLeaks Dump

The Pentagon is bracing for WikiLeaks’ expected posting of 400,000 classified files from the Iraq war, readying its team of 120 analysts to pour through the papers and figure out just how much they’ll cost the military. These documents are expected to be more damaging to the military, as they were pulled from a “tactical reports database” in Iraq that details the “significant activities”—basically, the important stuff that happens in the fighting wars, and which describes major operations, troop movements, and major local leaders. Defense Secretary Robert Gates issued a report last week saying that WikiLeaks’ Afghanistan war leak had not exposed "sensitive intelligence sources or methods,” but that Afghan civilians who cooperated with the U.S. were named, putting their lives in danger of retaliation from the Taliban.