- Associated Press - Sunday, August 1, 2010

WASHINGTON (AP) — The top U.S. military officer said Sunday that the Pentagon is trying to protect Afghans who may be at risk from Taliban retaliation following the publication of tens of thousands of secret war documents.

Adm. Mike Mullen, the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, said the United States is duty-bound to try to shield informants who were named in the documents.

Taliban spokesmen have said their organization will use the material to try to hunt down people who’ve been cooperating with what the Taliban considers a foreign invader.

The website Wikileaks posted nearly 77,000 secret documents a week ago, leading to wide condemnation from U.S. officials.

Adm. Mullen was interviewed on CBS’ “Face the Nation” and NBC’s “Meet The Press.”