Karzai denounces leaking of Afghan informant names
July 29th, 2010
12:23 PM ET

Karzai denounces leaking of Afghan informant names

Afghanistan's president said he is incensed that leaked secret U.S. military documents include the names of Afghan informants.

"This indeed is very irresponsible and shocking," President Hamid Karzai told reporters on Thursday.  "Because whether those individuals acted legitimately or illegitimately in providing information to the NATO forces, they are lives, and their lives will be in danger now."

U.S. military officials were assessing what damage could be done to intelligence contacts in Afghanistan after a number of names of local Afghans working with the U.S. military appeared on documents leaked by the WikiLeaks website. Officials are concerned that potential new contacts may be reluctant to help out of the fear that the United States can't protect sources.

Karzai said that authorities must determine the context in which those names are mentioned "and then act accordingly."

"This is a very serious issue," he said.

Karzai said Afghan officials are hopeful that allies and neighboring nations "are learning something new from
these documents and we learn lessons for our future strategy."

In an apparent reference to allegations in the documents that Pakistan's spy service was helping militants in Afghanistan, Karzai said Afghans have long known that secret services of foreign countries were influencing Afghanistan.

But he said the WikiLeaks documents are something new for the international community, which could learn lessons to help them formulate strategies.

"Afghans have known what has been going on in their country and the Afghans were raising their voices in this regard, but this is something else as to why the world was not paying attention to it," he said.

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  1. hbloneu


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  5. Greg Michelangelo

    The question I have is the Pakistani ISI or whatever their intials are. Are they assisting the Taliban? If they are this is a serious problem as Soldiers lives are at stake. And especially since Pakistan receives alot of aid from the U.S.

    August 1, 2010 at 7:55 pm | Report abuse |
    • Larry Valecia, Calif.US Army Forever...

      I heard that they are working both sides of the war!!! The good about it is they asre killing all of Their Leaders...

      August 2, 2010 at 1:04 am | Report abuse |
  6. LLBD

    I'm not happy about it either – afterall – they were leaked to the media – Wikileaks, and they had no business being leaked.

    August 1, 2010 at 7:31 pm | Report abuse |
  7. rrock

    Information is power and our government and this puppet don't want to share with the public.

    July 31, 2010 at 7:44 pm | Report abuse |
    • Larry Valecia, Calif.US Army Forever...

      This has to do more about oil than drugs!!! They want to use Afghanistan as a Pipe line to Russia and China...

      July 31, 2010 at 8:52 pm | Report abuse |
      • George Patton

        Well put,Larry.

        August 1, 2010 at 12:40 am | Report abuse |
  8. Rog

    What a putz here he goes again using another name to post comments to try and support himself.

    July 31, 2010 at 7:33 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Paul Ronco

    Oh look. It's the corrupt drug dealer telling us how to run a democracy.

    July 31, 2010 at 6:42 pm | Report abuse |
  10. blackhole

    wikileaks is just a black propaganda, just wait and see enjoy and relax.

    July 31, 2010 at 6:23 am | Report abuse |
    • scottish mama

      How the hell did black get into the discussion?

      July 31, 2010 at 1:41 pm | Report abuse |
      • Larry Valecia, Calif.US Army Forever...

        That's what I wanna know,too.

        July 31, 2010 at 2:47 pm | Report abuse |
  11. George Patton

    And I wish that all you right-wing nutjobs would just shut up!!!

    July 30, 2010 at 7:45 pm | Report abuse |
    • Daniel-2

      That makes two of us,George!

      July 31, 2010 at 2:49 pm | Report abuse |
      • Larry Valecia, Calif.US Army Forever...

        No Dan,that makes three of us!!!

        July 31, 2010 at 2:50 pm | Report abuse |

    Come on Phunnie boy,if you're going to use other peoples' names,at least cut the Tea Party lingo,will you???

    July 30, 2010 at 7:38 pm | Report abuse |
  13. Larry Valecia, Calif.US Army Forever...

    For once I heard one of them say something I can agree with!!! Maybe this war is paying off for us if they are changing their way of thinking???

    July 30, 2010 at 6:22 pm | Report abuse |

      I only wish that Phunnie boy would do precisely that!

      July 30, 2010 at 7:40 pm | Report abuse |
  14. Larry Valecia, Calif.US Army Forever...

    Please tell me how those People think by putting there name as a head line makes them any better??? I use the same name every time I post!!!

    July 30, 2010 at 6:15 pm | Report abuse |
  15. JesusNeedsABreak

    Don't wanna be a martyr in this war
    Don't wanna hear the same excuses anymore
    That everything's a threat
    And it's only gonna get worse if we let it

    Don't wanna blame the rich for what they got
    Don't point a finger at the poor for what they have not
    Though the politician and the priest
    Live in the belly of the beast because we fed it

    Freedom is seldom found
    By beating someone to the ground
    Telling them how everything is gonna be now!

    "written by Amos Lee Great American Artist"

    July 30, 2010 at 4:22 pm | Report abuse |
    • Larry Valecia, Calif.US Army Forever...

      So give Jesus a break already!!!

      July 30, 2010 at 6:16 pm | Report abuse |

        Please Phunnie boy,do that!!!

        July 30, 2010 at 7:41 pm | Report abuse |
  16. armaan

    If Pushton allow to vote fairly in Afghanistan he would not be elected as a president.Pushton make 65% of Afghanistan population.he is so idiot and corrupt president,his arm forces can't protect him,he is protected by American forces in Afghanistan.

    July 30, 2010 at 11:35 am | Report abuse |
    • Larry Valecia, Calif.US Army Forever...

      How could you expect a election to be done honestly when we had 2 election that Our President stowed and now the Republicans are stopping the President from doing the job He was elected to do!!!

      July 30, 2010 at 6:13 pm | Report abuse |
      • Larry Valecia, Calif.US Army Forever...

        I was wondering just when you were going to get around to usurping my name on this webbsite,Phunnie boy.Are you trying to make me look as bad as you?I'm afraid so!!!

        July 30, 2010 at 7:35 pm | Report abuse |
    • Hashmat

      armaan, ur right pashtons are 65% and pashton has to rule this country, coz the history is ours not any other tribe. so plz stop the crap. for 300 years we run the government

      August 15, 2010 at 6:09 pm | Report abuse |
  17. Smith in Oregon

    The Wikileaks outline indicates so much corruption in Afghanistan and in Pakistan, it comes as no surprise that the corrupt dictator Hamid Karzai would complain about it.

    July 29, 2010 at 5:51 pm | Report abuse |
    • Larry Valecia, Calif.US Army Forever...

      Why would the leaders of a small Country be other than corrupted??? When they see Corruption going in all the Other counties especially the United States and UK!!! We have to clean up Our Act before we can expect them to clean up theirs!!!

      July 30, 2010 at 6:10 pm | Report abuse |
    • scottish mama

      So sending over help for the flood victims would be out of the question for you?

      July 31, 2010 at 1:44 pm | Report abuse |
  18. Jaybob

    I like his hat.

    July 29, 2010 at 4:36 pm | Report abuse |
    • Brian from Louisiana

      Is your imagination dedicated to insulting people and the places they come from?

      August 1, 2010 at 4:22 am | Report abuse |
  19. JC

    lol! Karzai is incensed about leaks but apparently ok with 10 years of bombing, check point shooting, due process free hit squads, air raids and drone attacks on civilian populations. Pretty funny....

    July 29, 2010 at 3:11 pm | Report abuse |
    • Daniel-2

      Unlike yourself, you are as unwanted as it is possible to be.

      July 29, 2010 at 4:30 pm | Report abuse |
    • Larry Valecia, Calif.US Army Forever...

      Here goes Phunny boy again,this time posting under Daniel's name.Don't feel bad Dan,I noticed that this jerk has been using my name,too,trying to ge a laugh out of this obnoxious war.

      July 29, 2010 at 8:55 pm | Report abuse |