The biggest leak in U.S. military history, Obama urged to investigate human rights violations in Iraq war

The UN has urged President Obama to investigate reported human rights violations in Iraq involving U.S. military forces , after documents about the war were released by Wikileaks and made available to some news sources, the Guardian reported.

Manfred Nowak, the UN's chief investigator on torture, cited possible violations of the UN Convention Against Torture and said that Obama had a clear obligation to investigate them, according to the Guardian.

After the Guardian analyzed the leaked war logs, the biggest leak in U.S. military history, over 15,000 unreported civilian casualties were found that British forces may have been involved in.

Phil Shiner, a human rights specialist at Public Interest Lawyers in the UK, advised Nowak and urged a public inquiry into allegations that British troops were responsible for civilian casualties, the Guardian reported.

According to the New York Times, the 400,000 documents were made available to them in addition to The Guardian, Le Monde and Der Spiegel. Wikileaks has not given the source of the documents.

Pfc. Bradley Manning, an American Army intelligence analyst, has been arrested and accused of being a source of classified material, The New York Times reported.

Wikileaks has faced strong backlash for their decision to keep the names of some informants in documents that were released, putting lives in danger, the New York Times reported.

"We deplore WikiLeaks for inducing individuals to break the law, leak classified documents and then cavalierly share that secret information with the world, including our enemies," Geoff Morrell, the Defense Department press secretary said.

"By disclosing such sensitive information, WikiLeaks continues to put at risk the lives of our troops, their coalition partners and those Iraqis and Afghans working with us."

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