Published: Oct 24, 2010 8:50 PM EDT
Updated: Oct 24, 2010 5:50 PM EDT

LONDON (AP) - Britain's deputy prime minister says allegations of prisoner abuse and civilian killings contained in a cache of leaked military documents are extremely serious and must be investigated.
      
Nick Clegg told BBC television on Sunday that the accounts of violence in Iraq "are distressing to read about and they are very serious."
      
Whistleblowing website WikiLeaks has published almost 400,000 U.S. military logs detailing incidents including bombings, shootings and the abuse of detainees by Iraqi forces.

The Pentagon has condemned the leak, as has Britain's Ministry of Defense, which said it could put soldiers' lives at risk.
      
Clegg said it was not for Britain to tell the U.S. how to respond, but that any allegations of abuse by British troops "need to be looked at."