Britain laments leak of Afghan war files

26th July 2010, Comments 0 comments

Britain said Monday it regretted the leaking of tens of thousands of secret military files about the Afghanistan war which have thrown the spotlight on civilian deaths there.

"We would lament all unauthorised releases of classified material," a Downing Street spokeswoman said. "The White House has made a statement. We will not comment on leaked documents."

The disclosures, revealed by website Wikileaks to three newspapers, also indicated that Pakistan's spy agency secretly supports the Taliban.

In response to these, Downing Street said it would "continue to urge Pakistan to do all it can to dismantle all militant and terrorist groups operating on, or indeed from, Pakistani soil."

"In our engagement with Pakistan, we have consistently maintained that the presence of militant and terrorist groups poses a grave threat to the Pakistani state as well as to the stability and security of the region and beyond and we will continue to work with the Pakistanis and urge them to do more," the spokeswoman said.

© 2010 AFP

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