WikiLeaks stands firm

"This organisation will not be threatened by the Pentagon or any other group," WikiLeaks spokesman Julian Assange told reporters in Stockholm recently. "We proceed cautiously and safely with this material."

The whistle-blowing website WikiLeaks is well known to have a stash of 15,000 more Afghan war documents up its secret sleeve and is coming under increasing pressure from the US military establishment and other sources, claiming the leak of documents threatens the lives of Afghan collaborators.

More likely is that it threatens the future of the American military machine.

The Pentagon has said that secret information will be even more damaging to security and risk more lives than WikiLeaks' initial release of some 76,000 war documents.

"For the Pentagon to be making threatening demands for censorship of a press organisation is a cause for concern, not just for the press but for the Pentagon itself," Assange told The Associated Press.

Assange's organisation is taking more care over removing collaborators' names from the documents it is preparing to unleash, following criticism from various sources including Reporters without Borders, which accused Wikileaks of irresponsibility.

"It should be approximately two weeks before that process is complete," Assange said "There will then be a journalistic review, so you're talking two weeks to a month."