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UK medic: WikiLeaks made me object to Afghan war

A Royal Navy medic who claims documents released by WikiLeaks persuaded him to fight his deployment to Afghanistan has lost his appeal to leave the U.K. service on moral grounds.

Michael Lyons says he became a conscientious objector to the war after reading of the "enormous underreporting of civilian casualties in the conflict" in leaked military documents published by the secret-spilling website.

Twenty-four-year-old Lyons, who joined the Navy in 2005 and was due to serve in Afghanistan next April, asked to leave the service on moral grounds but was turned down by his commanding officer.

His appeal against that decision was rejected Friday in London. The judge said he would give his reasons for the decision later.