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Leaked Documents Provide Bonanza for Researchers

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Science  29 Oct 2010:
Vol. 330, Issue 6004, pp. 575
DOI: 10.1126/science.330.6004.575

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The Pentagon is fuming after last week's release of a huge cache of classified Iraq War data by the organization WikiLeaks. But researchers struggling to build an accurate picture of the death toll in post-invasion Iraq are thrilled. The leaked data are sure to keep researchers busy for months to come. Besides the number of casualties, the release includes geographic locations of the violence and other information that has not been available until now.