Wikileaks release 'aims to sabotage Iraqi election'

Wikileaks release 'aims to sabotage Iraqi election'

Iraq’s prime minister is accusing WikiLeaks of releasing documents that detail prisoner abuse by Iraqi security forces to sabotage his re-election hopes.

A statement released today by Prime Minister Nouri Maliki’s office said the timing of the documents’ release raises questions about whether it was motivated by politics.

Mr Maliki, a Shiite, has been fighting for more than seven months to keep his job after national elections in March failed to produce a clear winner.

The statement said the documents show no proof of any improper treatment of detainees while Mr Maliki has been at the helm of the Iraqi government.

It said he has taken a tough stance against terrorists but offered no details.

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