LONDON (CBS News) ― WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange says "there does appear to be evidence of war crimes" in the 91,000 pages of leaked U.S. documents relating to the war in Afghanistan but offered little in the way of specifics to back up the charge.
On Sunday, the online whistle-blower WikiLeaks posted some 90,000 leaked U.S. military records of six years of the war, including unreported incidents of Afghan civilian killings and covert operations against Taliban figures.
Both the White House and Downing Street have condemned the release.
Speaking Monday in London after the release of the classified U.S. military records, Assange said the veracity of the material isn't in doubt. But he says "just like dealing with any source you should exercise some common sense. That doesn't mean you should close your eyes."
Assange sparred with several reporters over the war crimes charge, saying "it is up to a court to decide really if something in the end is a crime. That said ... there does appear to be evidence of war crimes in this material."
And there may be more. Assange says that the group has files that concern every country in the world - though on other subjects.
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