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Old March 14th, 2009 #1
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Woodpecker Leak: Wikileaks cracks NATO's Master Narrative for Afghanistan

From (external link, standard warnings apply):
Wikileaks has cracked the encryption to a key document relating to the war in Afghanistan. The document, titled "NATO in Afghanistan: Master Narrative", details the "story" NATO representatives are to give to, and to avoid giving to, journalists.

The encrypted document, which is dated October 6, and believed to be current, can be found on the Pentagon Central Command (CENTCOM) website [UPDATE: Fri Feb 27 15:18:38 GMT 2009, the entire Pentagon site is now down--probably in response to this editorial, parts of the site can still be seen in Google's cache ]
The encryption password is "progress", which perhaps reflects the Pentagon's desire to stay on-message, even to itself. Among the revelations, which we encourage the press to review in detail, is Jordan's presence as secret member of the US lead occupation force, the ISAF.

Jordan is a middle eastern monarchy, backed by the US, and historically the CIA's closest partner in its extraordinary rendition program. "the practice of torture is routine" in the country, according to a January 2007 report by UN special investigator for torture, Manfred Nowak.[1]
The document states NATO spokespersons are to keep Jordan's involvement secret.

Publicly, Jordan withdrew in 2001 and the country does not appear on
this month's public list of ISAF member states.[2] Some other notes on matters to treat delicately are:

* Any decision on the end date/end state will be taken by the respective
national and/or Alliance political committee. Under no circumstances should the mission end-date be a topic for speculation in public by any NATO/ISAF spokespeople.

* The term "compensation" is inappropriate and should not be used because it brings with it legal implications that do not apply.

* Any talk of stationing or deploying Russian military assets in Afghanistan
is out of the question and has never been the subject of any considerations.

* Only if pressed: ISAF forces are frequently fired at from inside Pakistan,
very close to the border. In some cases defensive fire is required, against
specific threats. Wherever possible, such fire is pre-coordinated with the
Pakistani military.

Altogether four classified or restricted NATO documents on the Pentagon
Central Command (CENTCOM) site were discovered to share the 'progress'
password. Wikileaks has decrypted the documents and released them in full:
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