Leaked documents cause concern for soldiers' families

July 26, 2010 5:09:33 PM PDT
At the National Guard recruiting station in Woodbridge, soldiers and their families are taking a close look at the leaked documents.

Army Specialist Bryan Palmer has already served two tours in Iraq and Afghanistan, and he'll be going back to Afghanistan next spring.

The 25-year old's parents say leaked documents that appear to show our allies in Pakistan cooperating with the Taliban make them angry and nervous.

"Where is their safety net? I don't know and it will make this deployment much harder," his mom, Carol Palmer, said.

This next deployment will also be different for Bryan. He will be a father after his wife Donna gives birth to their first child in September. Bryan's father says he fears the worst when his son is on active duty overseas.

"You turn the corner and you look and see if there's a military car parked in front of your house. It's really tough. You never really rest," Larry Palmer, his dad, said.

Wikileaks' release of tens of thousands of classified documents has been condemned by government officials in the US, Britain and Pakistan, but Larry Palmer doesn't think it's a bad thing.

"If this brings about a change in policy or brings things to light, then I think it's a good thing," he said.

Some analysts have questioned whether purported details about the Pakistani intelligence agency paying the Taliban with US funds will further erode support for the war in Afghanistan. It's already dropping: a CBS News poll shows 62 percent of Americans say the war is going badly. That's up from 49 percent in May. Just 31 percent say the war in Afghanistan is going well.

"I'm not happy about it, so I can't imagine how it would make someone who's already against the war feel," Carol Palmer said.

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