WikiLeaks asks Pentagon for help with new dossier

Online whistle-blowing site WikiLeaks has appealed to the US military to help it review a new batch of secret documents relating to the war in Afghanistan.

The site has said that it wants to ensure Afghan civilians and others are not endangered by the publication of the documents.

News site The Daily Beast reports that the US Department of Defense is reviewing a request for assistance in reviewing the 15,000 as-yet-unpublished documents.

In a telephone interview, spokesperson Daniel Schmitt told The Daily Beast that WikiLeaks had been in contact with the US military.

"I would certainly say that the invitation to talk to the Obama administration is open," Schmitt said. "It has been open before."

He added that the site wanted help with the new batch of documents to "make redactions so they can be safely published".

The move follows expressions of regret from the site's founder, maverick Australian journalist Julian Assange, over accusations that WikiLeaks had endangered lives by its earlier publication of 90,000 pages of classified information, which were passed to newspapers in the UK, US and Germany.

The documents are said contain the names of informers and individuals who had worked with coalition forces in the country.

Admiral Mike Mullen, chairman of US the Joint Chiefs of Staff told a Pentagon press briefing: "Mr Assange can say whatever he likes about the greater good he thinks he and his source are doing, but the truth is they might already have on their hands the blood of some young soldier or that of an Afghan family."

The Taliban is believed to have threatened to hunt down individuals identified in the earlier dossier.