Amnesty International, Human Rights Groups Ask Wikileaks Julian Assange To Censor Civilians' Names

Julian Assange, the editor-in-chief and de facto "face" of Wikileaks, has lost his standing with people, organizations, and governments. Even more pronounced: the U.S. government is trying to convince its foreign allies to limit his travel and bring criminal charges against him."The Afghan Independent Human Rights Commission, Amnesty International and three other groups have sent […]

Julian Assange, the editor-in-chief and de facto "face" of Wikileaks, has lost his standing with people, organizations, and governments. Even more pronounced: the U.S. government is trying to convince its foreign allies to limit his travel and bring criminal charges against him.

"The Afghan Independent Human Rights Commission, Amnesty International and three other groups have sent a series of e-mails to Julian Assange calling for the names of Afghan civilians to be removed from the 77,000 classified military documents published by the online whistle-blower last month. Nader Nadery, of the commission, said the groups want the names removed from files already released, and from any documents disclosed in the future."

"There was no consideration about civilian lives," Nadery said, noting a rise in assassinations of Afghan civilians seen as government collaborators.

WikiLeaks did not immediately respond to an e-mailed request for comment Tuesday.

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