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Iraqi PM on the defense in WikiLeaks release

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    [​IMG] AP – Iraqi people surf the internet for the WikiLeaks web site in Baghdad, Iraq, Saturday, Oct. 23, 2010. …

    BAGHDAD – Iraqi 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 Saturday by Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki's office says the timing of the raises questions about whether it was motivated by politics.
    Al-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 says the documents show no proof of any improper treatment of detainees while al-Maliki has been at the helm of the Iraqi government.
    It says he has taken a tough stance against terrorists but offered no details.
    THIS IS A BREAKING NEWS UPDATE. Check back soon for further information. AP's earlier story is below.
    Allegations that Iraqi security forces tortured detainees, as described in new WikiLeaks documents, serve as a warning against keeping in power, his main political rivals charged Saturday.

    The trove of nearly 400,000 WikiLeaks documents detail reports by the U.S. military of alleged abuse by after al-Maliki, a Shiite, became prime minister in May 2006. Such abuses were also widely reported in Iraq before al-Maliki took the top job.
    The opposition Iraqiya bloc says the allegations demonstrate the need to ensure al-Maliki does not succeed in staying in office through the political dealmaking that has dragged on since March 7 national elections that failed to produce a clear winner.
    "The kind of practices and violations committed by al-Maliki is what makes us insist on a mechanism to participate in the decision-making because al-Maliki wants to have all powers in his hands," said Iraqyia spokeswoman Maysoun al-Damlouji.
    "Putting all the security powers in the hands of one person who is the general commander of the armed forces have led to these abuses and torture practices in

    Government spokesman Ali al-Dabbagh has declined to comment on the WikiLeaks papers, saying he has not seen them.
    Most of the victims of abuse at the hands of Iraqi security were believed to be Sunnis, many of whom supported Iraqiya in the March election against al-Maliki's Shiite-dominated bloc. Although Iraqiya won two more seats than any other political group in the vote, it fell far short of capturing enough support to control parliament and, in turn, oust al-Maliki.
    The leaked documents include hundreds of reports from across Iraq with allegations of abuse. In a typical case from August 2006, filed by the , U.S. forces discovered a murder suspect who claimed that Iraqi police hung him from the ceiling by handcuffs, tortured him with boiling water and beat him with rods.
    A "serious incident report" filed in December 2009 in Tal Afar said U.S. forces had obtained footage of about a dozen Iraqi army soldiers - including a major - executing a detainee. The video showed the bound prisoner being pushed into the street and shot, the Americans said. There was no indication of what happened to the video, or to the Iraqi major or his soldiers. The incident is marked "closed."
    Yacoub reported from Amman, Jordan.

    Source: http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/wikileaks_iraq