Kuala Lumpur (AFP) Sept 28, 2010
The co-founder of online encyclopedia Wikipedia, Jimmy Wales, on Tuesday slammed whistleblower WikiLeaks over its release of Afghan war documents which he said could "get people killed".
Wales also expressed irritation over the website's use of the term "Wiki" in its name, which refers to a site that allows different users to collaborate and make contributions.
"I would distance myself from WikiLeaks, I wish they wouldn't use the name, they are not a Wiki. A big way they got famous in the first place was by using the word Wiki, which was unfortunate in my view," he said at a business conference in Kuala Lumpur.
WikiLeaks, in collaboration with The New York Times, Britain's Guardian and Der Spiegel of Germany, published 77,000 Afghan war documents in July and has said it will release another 15,000 related documents soon.
Earlier this month, WikiLeaks also announced plans to release a "massive cache" of classified US military field reports on the conflict in Iraq.
Wales, whose user-generated online encyclopedia has been a huge success, said such documents -- which experts say constitute one of the biggest-ever leaks of military intelligence -- must be handled responsibly.
"In the most recent round of leaks, the New York Times for example... actually redacted certain information that could put people in harm's way whereas Wikileaks is planning to publish absolutely everything," he said.
"I think it is really important when we have sensitive information, that we do rely on responsible journalists to sort through it for us... it's much better than dumping all kinds of crazy information online and get people killed," he added.
Wales said the documents could refer to "good-hearted people" working for civil society groups in Afghanistan, who would be affected if they were referred to in the leaked papers.
"It isn't proof of anything but could be enough to get someone killed," he said.
"I don't think Julian Assange wants those people killed, however if he irresponsibly follows the policy of releasing absolutely everything, it's incredibly dangerous for those people," he said, referring to WikiLeaks' spokesman.
NATO chief Anders Fogh Rasmussen has previously warned the release of classified Afghan war documents may endanger the safety of international and Afghan troops.
The United States and NATO have 152,000 troops in Afghanistan aiming to quell the insurgency that began soon after the Taliban regime was overthrown in a US-led invasion in late 2001.
Created in 2006, WikiLeaks first gained widespread notoriety with the release of a graphic video of a US military Apache helicopter strike in Baghdad in 2007 that killed two Reuters employees and a number of other people.
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Jharkhand Director General of Police Neyaz Ahmad said the fighting took place in Saranda forest and that some of the bodies of the Maoists have been found.
It isn't uncommon for the Maoist insurgents to take the bodies of their dead with them as they flee ahead of a security forces sweep through the countryside and small villages.
The thick forest of Saranda, with its dense canopies of trees as well as tigers and leopards, has been controlled by the Maoists for nearly a decade and been an unsafe place for police as well as tourists.
The security offensive in the 320 square miles of forest is part of the continuing two-year Operation Green Hunt begun by the federal government to regain the mostly rural territory lost to the insurgents.
Around 50,000 federal paramilitary troops and tens of thousands of civilians have been drafted in for the operation.
The communist-led rebels originated in the village of Naxalbari in West Bengal in India's remote forested and mineral-rich far eastern reaches in the 1960s.
They demand more of the wealth from the region's natural resources, especially from new mining projects, be spread among the mainly rural poor.
A surge in deaths last year to 1,134 prompted the government to launch Operation Green Hunt. Orrisa and Jharkhand states are in what is known as the "red corridor" that takes in several rural states in eastern and central India.
Green Hunt relies on security forces being stationed in so-called Naxal-infested areas where they can attempt to win the hearts and minds of the poor, who are often attracted to Naxalite promises of a better life.
More then 200 security forces personnel have been killed this year. But police often are targets for hostage taking.
Maoists threatened to kill four policemen they took hostage last week unless Naxalite prisoners are freed, officials said. They were taken hostage during a gunfight with security forces in which seven other officers were killed.
The insurgents abducted seven policemen in Bijapur, Chhattisgarh state, on Sept. 19 and three of them were later found dead in the forest.
Police said that they recovered the body of sub-inspector Lucas Tete but the fate of the other officers wasn't known.
"I presume that the remaining three policemen are safe and sound. We cannot jump to conclusions," senior police official P.K. Thakur said.
In the past several days, Maoists also blew up a hostel and triggered three land mine blasts. A helicopter was dispatched to the area and security authorities said they destroyed a small Maoist training camp.
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