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Defense Dept "demands" Wikileaks return files

The U.S. Defense Department formally demands that Wikileaks return all classified military records, and leaves open what might happen to the group's principals if they refuse.
Written by Declan McCullagh, Contributor on
The U.S. Defense Department on Thursday formally demanded that Wikileaks return all military records that it possesses, saying they are the "property of the U.S. government."

Geoff Morrell, the department's press secretary, said that the military "demands that Wikileaks return immediately to the U.S. government all versions of documents obtained directly or indirectly from the Department of Defense databases or records" and permanently delete them.

In addition, Morrell said, the Wikileaks.org Web site "constitutes a brazen solicitation to U.S. government officials, including our military, to break the law" by claiming that leaking confidential or classified information is legal.

For more on this story, read Defense Dept "demands" Wikileaks return files on CNET News.

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