Daniel Ellsberg

Daniel Ellsberg was put on trial in 1973 for leaking the Pentagon Papers, but the case was dismissed after four months because of government misconduct. He is the author of "Secrets: A Memoir of Vietnam and the Pentagon Papers."

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Thursday, January 9, 2014 - 12:57pm
On Secrecy, Oaths, and Edward Snowden
These two pieces, the first by Marcy Wheeler , in part commenting on the second by Amy Davidson in the New Yorker (along with Snowden himself, in
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Monday, July 8, 2013 - 11:56am
Snowden Made the Right Call When He Fled the US
Many people compare Edward Snowden to me unfavorably for leaving the country and seeking asylum, rather than facing trial as I did. I don’t agree. The country I stayed in was a different America, a long time ago.
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Monday, June 10, 2013 - 8:33am
Edward Snowden: Saving Us from the United Stasi of America
In my estimation, there has not been in American history a more important leak than Edward Snowden's release of NSA material – and that definitely includes the Pentagon Papers 40 years ago .
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Wednesday, March 13, 2013 - 7:42am
A Salute to Bradley Manning, Whistleblower, As We Hear His Words for the First Time
On Tuesday, the Freedom of the Press Foundation , an organization that I co-founded and of which I'm on the board , has published an audio recording of Bradley Manning's speech to a military court from two weeks ago, in which he gives his reasons and motivations behind leaking over 700,000 government documents to WikiLeaks.
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Thursday, October 18, 2012 - 5:53am
Defeat Romney, Without Illusions about Obama
It is urgently important to prevent a Republican administration under Romney/Ryan from taking office in January 2013. The election is now just weeks away, and I want to urge those whose values are generally in line with mine -- progressives, especially activists -- to make this goal one of your priorities during this period.
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Wednesday, March 28, 2012 - 6:28am
For Nuclear Security Beyond Seoul, Eradicate Land-Based 'Doomsday' Missiles
President Obama and other world leaders gathered at the Nuclear Security Summit in Seoul, South Korea, this week to address threats posed by unsecured nuclear material. If Mr.
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Monday, June 13, 2011 - 12:41pm
Why the Pentagon Papers Matter Now
The declassification and online release Monday of the full original version of the Pentagon Papers – the 7,000-page top secret Pentagon study of US decision-making in Vietnam 1945-67 – comes 40 years after I gave it to 19 newspapers and to Senator Mike Gravel (minus volumes on negotiations, which I had given only to the Senate foreign relations committee).
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Saturday, March 12, 2011 - 7:56am
This Shameful Abuse of Bradley Manning
President Obama tells us that he's asked the Pentagon whether the conditions of confinement of Bradley Manning, the soldier charged with leaking state secrets, "are appropriate and are meeting our basic standards. They assure me that they are."
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Thursday, January 28, 2010 - 12:04am
A Memory of Howard
I just learned that my friend Howard Zinn died today. Earlier this morning, I was being interviewed by the Boston Phoenix, in connection with the release in Boston in February of a documentary in which he is featured prominently. The interviewer asked me who my own heroes were, and I had no hesitation in answering, first, "Howard Zinn."
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Friday, January 1, 2010 - 8:36am
Nuclear Hero’s 'Crime' Was Making Us Safer
Mordechai Vanunu — my friend, my hero, my brother — has again been arrested in Israel on "suspicion" of the "crime" of "meeting with foreigners." I myself have been complicit in this offense, traveling twice to Israel for the express purpose of meeting with him, openly, and expressing support for the actions for which he was imprisoned for over eighteen years.
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