Gates: Afghan war leak may have severe consequences

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The unprecedented leak of secret U.S. military reports this week about the war in Afghanistan could have severe consequences for U.S. troops and their allies, and could cost people their lives, Defense Secretary Robert Gates said on Thursday.

In response to the national security breach, the Pentagon has started clamping down on access in the field to sensitive information to reduce the risk of another leak of internal military reports and other sensitive documents, Gates said.

“The battlefield consequences of the release of these documents are potentially severe and dangerous for our troops, our allies, and Afghan partners and may well damage our relationships and reputation in that key part of the world,” Gates, a former CIA director, told a news conference.

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