WikiLeaks Julian Assange Supported by Daniel Ellsberg

by on October 23, 2010 · 3 comments

in Civil Disobedience, Civil Rights, Culture, War and Peace

 

Daniel Ellsberg

Daniel Ellsberg - who released the Pentagon Papers in 1971.

 

WikiLeaks Founder Gets Support in Rebuking U.S. on Whistle-Blowers

By John F. Burns and Pavi Somaiya / New York Times / October 23, 2010

LONDON — Julian Assange, the WikiLeaks founder, and Daniel Ellsberg, who leaked the Pentagon Papers, lashed out together on Saturday at the Obama administration’s aggressive pursuit of whistle-blowers, including those responsible for the release of secret documents on the Iraq war.

Mr. Assange also said that WikiLeaks, which released the trove of almost 400,000 Iraq war documents on Friday, would shortly be posting an additional 15,000 remaining secret documents on the Afghan war.

Mr. Assange, speaking at a news conference in a London hotel a stone’s throw from the headquarters of Britain’s foreign intelligence agency, MI6, was joined by Mr. Ellsberg, 79, the former military analyst who leaked a 1,000-page secret history of the Vietnam War in 1971 that became known as the Pentagon Papers.

 

Julian Assange wikileaks

Julian Assange - founder of WikiLeaks.

 

Mr. Ellsberg, who said he had flown overnight from California to attend, described Mr. Assange admiringly as “the most dangerous man in the world” for challenging governments, particularly the United States. He said the WikiLeaks founder had been “pursued across three continents” by Western intelligence services and compared the Obama administration’s threat to prosecute Mr. Assange to his own treatment under President Richard M. Nixon.

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avatar Old Hermit Dave October 23, 2010 at 3:24 pm

This will not cause the problems for the American government that the Pentagon Papers did. The reason is because there was a free open press during the Vietnam war for the MIC. The planners of 9/11/01 New Pearl Harbor took care of that just before Gulf War One. The arranged marriage of world media to the Military Industrial Complex. Never as long as this marriage lasts will illegal wars like the Afghan/Iraqi CRUSADES be protested by the general public like the Vietnam war. When the media can portray war as just a fun video game, show no American soldiers with blood on their uniforms, the public will never in mass protest what is happening. Just as the world media will never join in an effort to have a real 9/11/01 investigation, they will never use this WikiLeaks information to convict the criminals Cheney/Rummy/Blair for the mass murder of innocent humans. The shelf life of WikiLeaks won’t come close to stories about the latest Dancing with the Stars crap.

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avatar J. Stone October 25, 2010 at 8:28 am

Well put. Watch a little of Aljazeera news they cover details, and don’t seem to lose interest as fast.

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avatar Old Hermit Dave October 25, 2010 at 4:38 pm

Thanks J., yes Aljazeera and Press TV cover a few things not covered by American media, but the scary thing is they are still part of that disastrous marriage of corporate media to the MIC.

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