Overall, the documents do not contradict official accounts of the war. But in some cases the documents show that the American military made misleading public statements — attributing the downing of a helicopter to conventional weapons instead of heat-seeking missiles or giving Afghans credit for missions carried out by Special Operations commandos.
White House officials vigorously denied that the Obama administration had presented a misleading portrait of the war in Afghanistan.
“On Dec. 1, 2009, President Obama announced a new strategy with a substantial increase in resources for Afghanistan, and increased focus on al Qaeda and Taliban safe havens in Pakistan, precisely because of the grave situation that had developed over several years,” Gen. James Jones, the White House national security adviser, said in a statement released Sunday.
He condemned the decision by WikiLeaks to make the documents public, saying that the disclosure “could put the lives of Americans and our partners at risk, and threaten our national security.”
The archive is clearly an incomplete record of the war. It is missing many references to seminal events and does not include more highly classified