Afghanistan

 

  White House and WikiLeaks founder discuss release of records

Julian Assange, the elusive founder of WikiLeaks, defended his organization’s release of more than 91,000 confidential military documents on the war in Afghanistan.

The Wiki leak is more and less important than you think

Radical transparency sounds like a really great idea until you ponder the real consequences.

Readers: Help us sift through the WikiLeaks files on Afghanistan

Need to Know is inviting readers to help us in our investigation of the WikiLeaks documents and sort through the database for new details that we or other news organizations may have missed.

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Secret reports posted by WikiLeaks paint grim portrait of Afghan war

Confidential military records obtained by the group WikiLeaks paint a more complex and, in many cases, bleaker portrait of the war in Afghanistan than U.S. officials have publicly maintained.

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  Need to Know, July 23, 2010

This week: putting the Shirley Sherrod saga in context. A report on the most dangerous highway in Georgia. And a rare dispute between conservationists and renewable energy advocates in Wyoming.

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  Drawing parallels between Afghanistan and Vietnam

Jon Meacham calls upon Senator John Kerry to revisit a role he played 40 years ago, when Kerry took to the Senate floor to question the morality of the Vietnam War. Meacham revisits Kerry’s arguments and asks him to assess the war in Afghanistan.

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Obama, where art thou?

Studies show that Tibetans possess a gene that keeps their blood flowing at high altitudes, a very recent example of evolution. Is this what happened to President Obama, when he rose to the greatest height? Steve Brodner explains.

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  Need to Know, July 9, 2010

This week on Need to Know: Women in the military’s elite bomb squad. Special courts for veterans. And BP’s “other” disaster in the Gulf. Plus: A special summer movie edition of Next Week’s News.

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  Outside the wire

Need to Know profiles two young enlisted women in the U.S. Air Force who serve a crucial, and dangerous, role in the current wars: disarming roadside bombs.

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