As U.S. officials brace for a further mass disclosure of leaked Iraq war files by the whistle-blower website WikiLeaks, the Swedish government said it denied a work and residency permit to founder Julian Assange. He has been establishing a base in Sweden in order to benefit from the Nordic country’s strict journalist protection laws.
Assange, an Australian citizen, is also being investigated over rape allegations in Sweden, which he has denied, calling them baseless.
The Pentagon has assembled a team of more than 100 analysts to prepare for the release of the documents.
WikiLeaks, which in July released some 70,000 U.S. documents on the Afghanistan war, is expected soon to post on its website as many as 500,000 classified leaked U.S. documents from the Iraq war. The U.S. government in July condemned the release of the initial leaked documents, which painted a grim picture of the war in Afghanistan that began in 2001.