Iraqi minister threatens to sue WikiLeaks

The Iraqi government could sue WikiLeaks if US Defense Department documents published at the weekend prove incorrect or inaccurate, Iraq's Minister of Human Rights has claimed.

"It's Iraq's right to sue the site. If there is freedom of expression, there is also the right to reply and the right to claim rights," Wijdan Mikhail Salim told Iraq's state-run Al-Iraqiya TV channel today, according to a report by news agency Deutsche Presse.

Salim revealed that the Iraqi prime minister Nuri al-Maliki had formed a committee headed by Minister of Justice Dara Nur Eddin, to check the accuracy of the documents.

The Iraq war dossier contains 391,000 documents, many of them offering evidence that US forces turned a blind eye to torture and other human rights abuses by Iraqi security forces, has caused a storm in Iraq.

Among them are documents hinting at close ties between al-Maliki's regime and so-called 'death squads', which could jeopardise the government's chances of winning a second term in office.