Daniel Ellsberg: Julian Assange is Not a Terrorist

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Dec. 10, 2010

WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange will remain in a London prison until a British court takes up a Swedish request for extradition for questioning on sexual crime allegations. An international group of former intelligence officers and ex-government officials have released a statement in support of Assange. We speak to one of the signatories, Daniel Ellsberg, the famous whistleblower who leaked the Pentagon Papers about the Vietnam War in 1971. “If I released the Pentagon Papers today, the same rhetoric and the same calls would be made about me,” Ellsberg says. “I would be called not only a traitor—which I was then, which was false and slanderous—but I would be called a terrorist… Assange and Bradley Manning are no more terrorists than I am.”

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Wiki-Creep Assange, The Scamp – Pvt. Bradley Manning, the Champ by Greg Palast

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1 December, 2010

I’m a “hero” and it makes me want to puke.  This week I was voted a “Hero of the Media” in one of those fairly harmless polls that are little more than thermometers of face time on the idiot box.

But this Nation Magazine gong is shared with Julian Assange, impresario of WikiLeaks.  Yuck.

A friend just compared hero Assange to Daniel Ellsberg.  Oh, please!

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Noam Chomsky: WikiLeaks Cables Reveal “Profound Hatred for Democracy on the Part of Our Political Leadership”

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Nov. 30, 2010

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Daniel Ellsberg: The lying is being enforced by the upper levels

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Democracy Now!
Nov. 29, 2010

U.S. Facing Global Diplomatic Crisis Following Massive WikiLeaks Release of Secret Diplomatic Cables

The whistleblowing website WikiLeaks has begun releasing a giant trove of confidential U.S. diplomatic cables that is sending shockwaves through the global diplomatic establishment. Among the findings: Arab leaders are urging the United States to attack Iran; Washington and Yemen agreed to cover up the use of U.S. warplanes to bomb Yemen; the United States is using its embassies around the world as part of a global spy network and asking diplomats to gather intelligence; and much more. We host a roundtable discussion with Pentagon Papers whistleblower Daniel Ellsberg; Greg Mitchell, who writes the Media Fix blog at The Nation; Carne Ross, a British diplomat for 15 years who resigned before the Iraq war; and As’ad AbuKhalil, a professor of political science at California State University, Stanislaus.

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Daniel Ellsberg: For what it’s worth, we are finding that the big problem with our awful, miserable, incompetent foreign policy in Iraq and Afghanistan is not the fault of foolish, stupid or lying mid-level staffers down below. They are speaking fairly honestly, not with a lot of local knowledge often, but fairly shrewdly in many cases, doing their best job to their superiors. The lying- as in Vietnam- is being enforced by the upperlevels. What we need to see, really, is someone following Bradley Manning, or whoever the source is, following his example. He gave what he could- at his twenty-two year old level, corporal’s level, or whatever was available to him- to inform the public. We need somebody with higher access, the kind that I had at that time, and unfortunately didn’t use then, I’m sorry to say, I apologize. But somebody should put out the higher level papers that reveal the high level dealing and stupid formulations, theories, ‘mad man’ theories and others that are informing our policy so that the American people can begin to get some grip on our incoherent policy and enforce a more humane and productive thrust to it.

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WikiLeaks Press Conference with Julian Assange and Daniel Ellsberg

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The website WikiLeaks released nearly 400,000 classified military documents on the Iraq War concerning thousands of previously unreported civilian deaths and torture against detainees by Iraqi authorities. Wikileaks founder Julian Assange was those who spoke at a news conference in London on the group’s findings.

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The Most Dangerous Man in America: Daniel Ellsberg and the Pentagon Papers

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Daniel Ellsberg on WikiLeaks, Iran, Iraq and Afghanistan + Deja Vu all over again by Cindy Sheehan

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August 22, 2010

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(SOAPBOX #69) – Cindy sez: “Greetings! This Sunday, (August 22nd) at 2 pm PST, I hope you tune into Cindy Sheehan’s Soapbox to hear my fascinating and informative interview with legendary whistle blower and activist, Daniel Ellsberg.  Daniel and I will be chatting about; the Wikileaks controversy, Iran, Iraq and Afghanistan–an info packed show, for sure.  With millions of bits of disinformation and propaganda flying around our airwaves this past week, Cindy Sheehan’s Soapbox continues to be a light shining through the lies.  Please use the link above to listen to today’s discussions.

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The New Pentagon Papers: WikiLeaks Releases 90,000+ Secret Military Documents

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Democracy Now!
July 26, 2010

The New Pentagon Papers: WikiLeaks Releases 90,000+ Secret Military Documents Painting Devastating Picture of Afghanistan War

It’s one of the biggest leaks in US military history. More than 90,000 internal records of US military actions in Afghanistan over the past six years have been published by the whistleblower website WikiLeaks. The documents provide a devastating portrait of the war in Afghanistan, revealing how coalition forces have killed hundreds of civilians in unreported incidents, how a secret black ops special forces unit hunts down targets for assassination or detention without trial, how Taliban attacks have soared, and how Pakistan is fueling the insurgency. We host a roundtable discussion with independent British journalist Stephen Grey; Pentagon Papers whistleblower, Daniel Ellsberg; former State Department official in Afghanistan, Matthew Hoh; independent journalist Rick Rowley; and investigative historian Gareth Porter. [includes rush transcript]

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Whistle-Blowers: A Conversation with Ellsberg and Dean (2009)

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Daniel Ellsberg: Courageous Insight, Interviewed by Cindy Sheehan

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April 11, 2010

Courageous Insight – April 11, 2010 (SOAPBOX #57) – Cindy’s guest is the very famous Daniel Ellsberg, affectionately remembered for his historical opposition to Richard Nixon and to the war in Vietnam.  In today’s current and highly disturbing times, his insight offers a brilliant perspective for analyzing current developments.  Both Dr. Ellsberg and Cindy share close and personal experience of tragic destructions wrought through U.S. promotion of an imperial war.  When he was asked what he thought about Western Civilization, Mohandas K. Gandhi replied “I think it would be a good idea.”  That is exactly the sense in which requests about their opinions of a War to promote the American Empire would promote an answer of: “A very bad idea!”  So please listen to our interview with Daniel Ellsberg.

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Daniel Ellsberg: Our President Is Deceiving the American Public

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Democracy Now!
March 30, 2010

“Our President Is Deceiving the American Public”: Pentagon Papers Whistleblower on President Obama and the Wars in Afghanistan and Iraq

We are joined by a man who played a major role in efforts to end the Vietnam War in the 1970s. In 1971, the then-RAND Corporation analyst Daniel Ellsberg leaked to the media what became known as the Pentagon Papers, a 7,000-page classified history outlining the true extent of US involvement in Vietnam. After avoiding a life sentence on espionage charges, Daniel Ellsberg has continued to speak out against US militarism until the present day. [includes rush transcript]

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Daniel Ellsberg: Beyond the Echo Chamber, and Racial Profiling

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Feb. 24, 2010

The Bush administration thrived on secrecy; Obama promised more transparency, but has yet to really deliver. What’s more, when information does come out, it seems that accountability is nearly impossible to get: the torture memos were released, but there will be no trials. We ask Daniel Ellsberg, one of the world’s most famous whistleblowers, if there’s anything the people can do to take the power back.

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Rethink Afghanistan War: The Eikenberry Cables

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February 02, 2010

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This year, 30,000 additional American troops will be deployed to Afghanistan despite the fact that the U.S. Ambassador to Afghanistan expressly opposed troop escalation in two strongly worded cables sent to the White House in 2009.

The White House ignored his warnings and sent troops anyway.

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Daniel Ellsberg: Obama, The Con Man

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Jan. 8, 2010

Dan Ellsberg provides us with his analysis of Barack Obama’s presidency, shares with us what led him to cast his vote for Obama, and how and why he’s been let down and betrayed by our current president. He discusses the stark similarities between the previous administration and Obama’s Whitehouse on issues and abuses related to civil liberties, and questions the possibility of ‘hoping’ again. Mr. Ellsberg talks about his experience as a whistleblower, the futility of disclosure to Congress then and today, the current sorry state of the US media, and more!

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Daniel Ellsberg: Don’t repeat Vietnam in Afghanistan Pt.1 + Pt. 2 + Pt. 3

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Daniel Ellsberg: The counter-insurgency plan in Afghanistan is similar to Viet Nam

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