'Wash Post' Delayed Its Scoop on Confidential Afghan Assessment

By: The Washington Post delayed publishing a story about a general's Afghanistan report after the Obama administration expressed concerns that it could put U.S. troops at risk, the newspaper said Tuesday.

After two days of discussions between the Post and Defense Department officials, the newspaper published a story Monday that withheld some operational details from the report.

The formerly classified report by Gen. Stanley McChrystal, the top U.S. and NATO commander in Afghanistan, said that without additional forces, the war against insurgents there will end in failure.

Post veteran Bob Woodward told media reporter Howard Kurtz on Tuesday that administration officials strongly objected to publication of the report. After the discussion with Woodward, Executive Editor Marcus Brauchli and others at the Post, the Defense Department declassified 98 percent of the document.


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