The Justice Department has opened an investigation into who leaked thousands of classified documents on the war in Afghanistan to the website Wikileaks, the Attorney General said Wednesday.
“The Justice Department is working with the Department of Defense with regard to an investigation concerning who the source of those leaks might be,” Attorney General Eric Holder said at a news conference at the U.S. Embassy in Cairo, according to Bloomberg. “Whether there will be any criminal charges brought depends on how the investigation goes.”
Over the weekend, Wikileaks, a website that publishes leaked documents, published a trove of 91,000 classified U.S. military documents pertaining to the U.S. war in Afghanistan from 2004 through 2010.
“I deplore the release of classified information,” Holder said. “It’s not in the interest of the United States to have that kind of information leaked.”
Holder is in Africa this week. On Sunday, he visited Kampala, Uganda, where he met with leader of the African Union. Yesterday, the Attorney General met with Egyptian law enforcement officials, including Egypt’s Public Prosecutor Abdel Meguid Mahmoud, Minister of the Interior General Habib Ibrahim al-Adly, Minister of Justice Mamdouh Merei and Minister of Legislative and Parliamentary Affairs Dr. Mufid Mahmoud Shehab.