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Wikileaks Founder Urges US to Investigate Alleged Abuses

Wikileaks founder Julian Assange (R) faces photographers during a press conference at the Geneva Press Club on 04 Nov 2010 in Geneva
Wikileaks founder Julian Assange (R) faces photographers during a press conference at the Geneva Press Club on 04 Nov 2010 in Geneva

The founder of the controversial whistle-blowing website Wikileaks has called on the United States to look into alleged abuses revealed in documents leaked to the site.

Julian Assange said in Geneva Thursday that Washington has not opened any investigations into apparent incidents detailed in the thousands of documents Wikileaks has posted.

Top United Nations human rights officials have called on U.S. and Iraqi authorities to investigate allegations of unlawful detainee killings and abuse contained in Wikileaks' recently released military documents.

In October the web site released 400,000 classified U.S. documents on the Iraq war.  It posted 77,000 secret U.S. files on the Afghanistan conflict in July.

Assange said it is time the United States "opened up instead of covering up".

U.S. officials have accused Wikileaks of stealing classified material.  Army Chief of Staff General George Casey has rejected suggestions that U.S. forces turned a blind eye to Iraqi prisoner abuse.

Assange was speaking on the eve of a United Nations Human Rights Council review of the U.S. human rights record.

 

Some information for this report was provided by AFP and Reuters.

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