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NATO slams ‘illegal, irresponsible and dangerous’ WikiLeaks

NATO slammed Tuesday the release of confidential US files as “illegal, irresponsible and dangerous,” spokeswoman Oana Lungescu said.

“As a matter of policy we won’t comment on classified information and we strongly condemn the leaking of confidential documents,” Longescu insisted.

However, “it is illegal, irresponsible and dangerous, regardless of whether the leaked material is diplomatic or military,” she underlined.

Sensitive US diplomatic cables placed on the Internet by WikiLeaks show that most of the 200 US nuclear bombs still left in Europe are located in NATO member countries Belgium, the Netherlands, Germany and Turkey.

While these countries have raised the issue of disarmament, the precise location of these tactical bombs had not been made official prior to the latest leaks.

WikiLeaks at the weekend began releasing around 250,000 cables, after two other leaks this year involving hundreds of thousands of classified files on the US wars in Iraq and Afghanistan.

NATO has been one of the most strident critics of WikiLeaks, warning that it could endanger the lives of civilians and soldiers, after files on the alliance’s operations in Afghanistan were published.

The whistleblowing site’s Australian founder Julian Assange on Tuesday appealed to Sweden’s Supreme Court to overturn a ruling he should be detained for questioning on allegations of rape.

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