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Interview: WikiLeaks to publish new documents

  • Mikael Viborg the owner of the Web hosting company PRQ stands outside the entrance to the basement where servers hosting the Wikileak site are kept in Stockholm, Sweden, Friday Aug. 6, 2010. A Swedish Internet company linked to file-sharing hub The Pirate Bay says it's helping online whistle-blower WikiLeaks release classified documents from servers located in a basement in the Stockholm suburb of Solna. (AP Photo /Fredrik Persson) ** SWEDEN OUT **

BERLIN — The online whistle-blower WikiLeaks said it will continue to publish more secret files from governments around the world despite U.S. demands to cancel plans to release classified military documents.

"I can assure you that we will keep publishing documents — that's what we do," a WikiLeaks spokesman, who says he goes by the name Daniel Schmitt in order to protect his identity, told The Associated Press in an interview Saturday.

Schmitt said he could not comment on any specific documents but asserted that the publication of classified documents about the Afghanistan war directly contributed to the public's understanding of the conflict.

"Knowledge about ongoing issues like the war in Afghanistan is the only way to help create something like safety," Schmitt said. "Hopefully with this understanding, public scrutiny will then influence governments to develop better politics."

He rejected allegations that the group's publication of leaked U.S. government documents was a threat to America's national security or put lives at risk.


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