US bracing for major leak of secret Iraq war files

The Obama administration is bracing for the disclosure by the WikiLeaks website of a vast cache of secret U.S. Iraq war documents that could throw a light on some of the darkest episodes of the war.

The self-described whistle-blower website is expected to post up to 400,000 documents online this week after having shared them in advance with several news organizations.

It would be the second major release of classified U.S. war reports by WikiLeaks in the past four months.

In July, despite objections by the U.S. government, the international anti-secrecy group posted nearly 77,000 documents from the Afghan conflict on its website.

Together, the two sets of disclosures would represent a massive breach of U.S. information security.

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