Mullen: US trying to shield Afghans named in leak

In this Sunday Aug. 1, 2010, photo released by CBS, Adm. Michael Mullen, Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, discusses the war in Afghanistan on CBS's "Face The Nation" in Washington. (AP Photo/CBS, Chris Usher)

August 1, 2010 1:15:10 PM PDT
The top U.S. military officer says 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, who's chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, says the U.S. is duty-bound to try to shield informants who were named in the documents.

Taliban spokesmen have said that 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.

Mullen was interviewed on CBS' "Face the Nation" and NBC's "Meet The Press."