Daniel Ellsberg Speaks Out on the Arrest of Julian Assange

Journalists should close ranks here against this abuse of the President's authority, and against Britain and Ecuador for violating the norms of asylum. (Photo: Facundo Arrizabalaga/EPA)

Daniel Ellsberg Speaks Out on the Arrest of Julian Assange

"Without whistleblowers we would not have a democracy. And there have to be people to distribute work and publish it."

As Julian Assange awaits his fate, socked away in maximum security lockdown in Great Britain, his supporters and friends--many of whom believe he is one of the most significant publishers of our time--are vigiling, writing, and speaking out in support of his work and calling for his immediate release.

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I spoke to legendary Pentagon Papers whistleblower Daniel Ellsberg the morning after Assange was dragged out of the Ecuadorian Embassy in London, with the eyes of the world watching the scene unfold in real time.

Ellsberg says he is both outraged and deeply concerned about the impact this case might have on the free press. "Without whistleblowers," Ellsberg tells me in the following interview, "we would not have a democracy."

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