WikiLeaks may show US backed terror against ally

The first bombshell from WikiLeaks' promised leak of secret US State Department documents may have landed, with the allegation by a London-based newspaper that the US government funded terrorists fighting against a key ally.

Arabic-language newspaper al-Hayat claims to have seen several documents that show the US provided assistance to Turkey's Kurdish separatist movement, the PKK.

Founded in the 1970s, the PKK is listed as a terrorist organisation in Turkey, the US, the European Union and Australia.

According to a separate report in Israel's Jerusalem Post, US military documents refer to the PKK as ''warriors for freedom and Turkish citizens''. The paper alleges that US forces in Iraq have given weapons to the PKK, and set free members arrested in the country.

According to Turkish daily Hurriyet, a US embassy official declined to comment on the planned Wikileaks release, describing it as "pure speculation".

US policy "has never been nor will ever be in support of the PKK," said the official. "Anything that implies otherwise is nonsense."

"We are committed together with the Turkish government in fighting terrorism, whether from al-Qaeda or the PKK."

Other documents are said to contain US allegations that Turkish authorities allowed Iraqi citizens with ties to al-Qaeda to move freely across the Turkish border, supplying al-Qaeda in Iraq with bomb-making materials and ammunition.

Turkish authorities were quick to denounce the claims, a government spokesperson telling Hurriyet: "Fighting terrorism is a priority for Turkey... We have carried out a series of operations against al-Qaeda [in Turkey] and support for them is out of the question."

The US State Department this week announced that embassies around the world had "begun the process of informing governments that a release of documents is possible in the near future".