WikiLeaks Close to Releasing War Documents; Cholera Outbreak in Haiti

BY Tom LeGro  October 22, 2010 at 9:42 AM EDT

The WikiLeaks website is close to releasing what the Pentagon fears is “the largest cache of secret U.S. documents in history.” The Associated Press reports that the documents include hundreds of thousands of intelligence reports compiled after the 2003 invasion of Iraq.

More than a hundred U.S. military analysts, lead by the Defense Intelligence Agency, have been combing through the Iraq documents they think will be released in anticipation of the leak, the AP reports.

In July, Wikileaks released secret war documents from Iraq and Afghanistan, outraging the Pentagon.

“Military officials believe the Iraq documents will emphasize the failings of the Iraqi government and military, including allegations of Iraqi mistreatment of detainees and ineptitude in combat. They also are likely to include some classified U.S. diplomatic cables, officials said,” writes the AP’s Robert Burns.

Cholera Outbreak Kills 142 in Haiti

At least 142 people have died in a cholera outbreak in Haiti, and aid groups are rushing to combat the country’s deadliest health problem since its devastating earthquake in January.

The outbreak is Haiti’s first cholera epidemic in a century, the World Health Organization said. There are more than 1,500 reported cases of people with symptoms of severe diarrhea and vomiting in the rural area north of Port-au-Prince.

U.S. Announces $2 Billion in Military Aid to Pakistan

The United States announced $2 billion in military and security aid to Pakistan on the final day of strategic talks.

Foreign Policy published a special report on “how things could go from bad to better in Pakistan.”