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Japan police probe online leak of anti-terrorism documents

In Uncategorized on November 5, 2010 at 10:57 am

WikiLeaks defends release of Iraq war documents

In Uncategorized on October 24, 2010 at 7:53 am

LONDON (AFP) – WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange has defended the unauthorised release of 400,000 classified US military documents on the war in Iraq, saying they revealed the “truth” about the conflict.


The mass of documents from 2004 to 2009 offer a grim snapshot of the conflict, especially of the abuse of Iraqi civilians by Iraqi security forces.

A news ticker flashes a headline on the release of 400,000 secret US documents about the war in Iraq on the WikiLeaks website in New York’s Times Square. AFP

“This disclosure is about the truth,” Assange told a news conference in London after the whistleblowing website published the logs on the Internet.


“The attack on the truth by war begins long before war starts, and continues long after a war ends,” he said, adding that WikiLeaks hoped “to correct some of that attack on the truth”.


He claimed they revealed around 15,000 more civilian deaths than were previously known about.


The heavily redacted logs appear to show that the US military turned a blind eye to evidence of torture and abuse of Iraqis by the Iraqi authorities.


Assange said the documents showed the war had been “a bloodbath on every corner”.


Washington and London warned that releasing the documents could endanger the lives of coalition troops and Iraqi civilians, although the rights ministry in Baghdad said the logs “did not contain any surprises”.


In an announcement which could further concern the United States, WikiLeaks spokesman Kristinn Hrafnsson said the website would soon release a further 15,000 secret files on the war in Afghanistan which had been held back for line-by-line reviewing and redacting.


WikiLeaks enraged Washington by releasing 92,000 documents on the Afghan war in July, and drew criticism from rights groups who said the inclusion of Afghan informants’ names put lives at risk.


The files published Friday contain graphic accounts of torture, civilian killings and Iran’s hand in the Iraq war, documenting years of bloodshed and suffering following the 2003 US-led invasion to oust dictator Saddam Hussein.


In one document, US military personnel describe abuse by Iraqis at a Baghdad facility that was holding 95 detainees in a single room.


It says “many of them bear marks of abuse to include cigarette burns, bruising consistent with beatings and open sores… according to one of the detainees questioned on site, 12 detainees have died of disease in recent weeks.”


Other reports describe Iraqis beating prisoners and women being killed at US military checkpoints.


WikiLeaks made the files available several weeks ago to selected newspapers and television channels, including Al-Jazeera, Le Monde, The New York Times, Der Spiegel and The Guardian.


British newspaper The Guardian said the leaks showed “US authorities failed to investigate hundreds of reports of abuse, torture, rape and even murder by Iraqi police and soldiers whose conduct appears to be systematic and normally unpunished.”


It said “US and UK officials have insisted that no official record of civilian casualties exists but the logs record 66,081 non-combatant deaths out of a total of 109,000 fatalities.”


The Guardian said WikiLeaks is thought to have obtained the material from the “same dissident US army intelligence analyst” who is suspected of leaking the material on Afghanistan. WikiLeaks has not revealed its source.


US soldier Bradley Manning, 22, is in US custody facing charges he gave WikiLeaks classified video showing a July 2007 US Apache helicopter strike in Baghdad that killed several people.


He is also suspected of possible involvement in the leak of classified documents related to the war in Afghanistan.


On Iran’s role in the Iraq conflict, the latest files show Tehran waging a shadow war with US troops in Iraq and Tehran allegedly using militias to kill and kidnap US soldiers.


The documents describe Iran arming and training Iraqi hit squads to carry out attacks on coalition troops and Iraqi government officials, with the elite Iranian Revolutionary Guard Corps suspected of playing a crucial role, The New York Times and The Guardian reported.


Phil Shiner of Public Interest Lawyers told the London news conference that some of the deaths documented in the reports could have involved British forces and could now be the subject of legal action in British courts.


“Some of these deaths will be in circumstances where the UK have a very clear legal responsibility,” he said.


The US-based Human Rights Watch called for Iraq to probe mistreatment by its own forces, and said the US should investigate if it committed wrongdoing by transferring prisoners to Iraqi hands.


A Pentagon spokesman said the documents were “essentially snapshots of events, both tragic and mundane, and do not tell the whole story.”


Britain’s Ministry of Defence also condemned the unauthorised release, saying it made the job of British and allied troops “more difficult and more dangerous”.

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Source: SGGP

Deputies discuss Party’s 12th congress documents

In Uncategorized on October 19, 2010 at 8:09 pm




Deputies discuss Party’s 12th congress documents


QĐND – Tuesday, October 19, 2010, 22:14 (GMT+7)

Deputies to the 12th National Assembly will discuss draft documents to be presented to the Party’s XIth National Congress and hear the Government’s report on Vinashin’s post-debt crisis management at their eighth session due to start on October 20.


At a press briefing in Hanoi on October 18, the Vice Chairman of the National Assembly’s Office Dr. Nguyen Si Dung reported that the 32-day session will consist of 46 plenary meetings, 13 sessions to be televised live, and 16 group meetings.


Although this is the year-end session, the deputies will discuss and approve nine bills and one resolution.


They will hear and debate the Government’s report on the outcomes of the country’s socio-economic performance in 2010 and its socio-economic development plan in 2011.


The deputies will look at the execution of State budget estimates in 2010, budget estimates for 2011 as well as plans on budget allocation for central agencies and budget supplements for localities.


Also at this session, the deputies will discuss the Government’s presentation to summarise the implementation of the pilot programme of no longer organizing the People’s Council at ward, commune and district levels as prescribed in the 12th National Assembly’s resolution.


Source: VOV


Source: QDND

WikiLeaks founder defends release of documents: report

In Uncategorized on July 29, 2010 at 7:17 am

LONDON, July 29, 2010 (AFP) – The founder of WikiLeaks on Thursday defended the whistleblower site’s decision to release tens of thousands of classified US military files, amid fears the move has put Afghan informants at risk.


The site at first claimed the documents were vetted to ensure names of informants were not released, but reports since suggest details of Afghans said to have provided intelligence to the US can be uncovered with ease.


The Pentagon has warned that the disclosure has put the lives of informants at risk and threatens to undermine intelligence work in war-torn Afghanistan.

(FILES) In this photograph taken on December 19, 2009, an Afghan villager looks on as a US soldier from the Provincial Reconstruction team (PRT) Steel Warriors patrols in the mountains of Nuristan Province. AFP

But WikiLeaks founder, Julian Assange, told Britain’s Times newspaper in an interview that it was “extremely important” that the files were in the public domain.


And he risked further angering the United States, publicly accusing the White House of failing to respond to his requests for help before the release of the files to minimise the risk of informants being identified.


“No one has been harmed, but should anyone come to harm of course that would be a matter of deep regret — our goal is justice to innocents, not to harm to them,” said Assange.


“That said, if we were forced into a position of publishing all of the archives or none of the archives we would publish all of the archives because it’s extremely important to the history of the war.”


Any document that “clearly jeopardised innocent people” could be added to a bank of 15,000 documents already held back from publication, said Assange.


“If we made a mistake we will review our procedures and react,” he said. The more than 90,000 classified military files span a period from 2004 to 2009 as the US and NATO war effort in Afghanistan ran into a rising Taliban insurgency.


They contain a string of damaging claims, including allegations that Pakistani spies met directly with the Taliban and that the deaths of innocent civilians at the hands of international forces have been covered up.


Assange also lashed out at the US Thursday, saying he asked the White House last week for help to “minimise the chances of innocent informers being named” but received no response.


“We understand the importance of protecting our confidential sources. The United States appears to have given every UN soldier and contractor access to the names of many of its confidential sources without proper protection.”


The website founder said earlier this week that the documents were checked for named informants and that many had been held back from publication.


But The Times reported Wednesday that after just two hours of combing through the documents it was able to find the names of dozens of Afghans said to have provided detailed intelligence to US forces.


A Pentagon spokesman said the disclosure of documents could be put at risk the lives of anyone who is identified.


“Anyone whose name appears in those documents is potentially at risk,” said Colonel David Lapan.


“It could compromise their position, it could be a threat on their life, and it could have an impact on their future conduct,” he said, referring to fears the massive leak could dry up intelligence sources.

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Source: SGGP

Valuable musical documents presented to the Musicology Institute

In Uncategorized on July 17, 2010 at 4:51 pm




Valuable musical documents presented to the Musicology Institute


QĐND – Saturday, July 17, 2010, 20:50 (GMT+7)

PANO – On July 16th, the Musicology Institute under the Vietnam National Academy of Music received precious objects related to trational music, presented by Prof. Dr. Tran Quang Hai, a member of the International Council of Traditional Music.


These objects include 10 books, 5 CDs, and 5 DVDs, carefully selected from the valuable collection belonging to Prof. Dr. Tran Quang Hai family. These objects include New Grove’s dictionary of music and musicians (London, 1980), Dictionary of New Grove’s Musicial Instruments (London, 1984) and Asian Music Magazine. 


Prof. Dr. Tran Quang Hai hoped that his present would partly equip those studying music with basic knowledge about traditional music genres from different countries in the world, which will be very useful for their further study.


Translated by Mai Huong


Source: QDND

UNODC issues drug prevention training documents

In Uncategorized on June 24, 2008 at 5:02 pm

Hanoi – Media agencies and localities nationwide have been provided with training documents tailored to strengthen their capacity in drug prevention and control.

At a ceremony held in Hanoi on June 26, the documents were released as part of a comprehensive drug prevention through communications and community mobilisation project of the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC).

The set of documents provides an overview of drug-related risks and preventive measures for the youth and a guideline for the press circle to cover drug-relating news and equip them with effective information dissemination skills.

The documents are available at http://www.unodc.org/youthnet/en/youthnet_about_us.html – the UNODC’s Youth Global Network.