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Daniel Ellsberg: Snowden made the right call when he fled the U.S.

Posted By admin On July 8, 2013 @ 11:06 am In Commentary | Comments Disabled

Daniel Ellsberg
Washington Post [1]
July 8, 2013

Daniel Ellsberg is the author of “Secrets: A Memoir of Vietnam and the Pentagon Papers.” He was charged in 1971 under the Espionage Act as well as for theft and conspiracy for copying the Pentagon Papers. The trial was dismissed in 1973 after evidence of government misconduct, including illegal wiretapping, was introduced in court.

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.

After the New York Times had been enjoined from publishing the Pentagon Papers — on June 15, 1971 [2], the first prior restraint on a newspaper in U.S. history — and I had given another copy to The Post (which would also be enjoined), I went underground with my wife, Patricia, for 13 days. My purpose (quite like Snowden’s in flying to Hong Kong) was to elude surveillance while I was arranging — with the crucial help of a number of others, still unknown to the FBI — to distribute the Pentagon Papers sequentially to 17 other newspapers, in the face of two more injunctions. The last three days of that period was in defiance of an arrest order: I was, like Snowden now, a “fugitive from justice.”

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[1] Washington Post: http://www.washingtonpost.com/opinions/daniel-ellsberg-nsa-leaker-snowden-made-the-right-call/2013/07/07/0b46d96c-e5b7-11e2-aef3-339619eab080_story.html?hpid=z2

[2] on June 15, 1971: http://law2.umkc.edu/faculty/projects/ftrials/ellsberg/pentagonpaperschrono.html

[3] Daniel Ellsberg on NDAA: Obama Has More Power Than King George: http://www.prisonplanet.com/daniel-ellsberg-on-the-ndaa-lawsuit.html

[4] Left-Wing Icon Daniel Ellsberg: ‘Obama Deceives the Public: http://www.prisonplanet.com/left-wing-icon-daniel-ellsberg-obama-deceives-the-public.html

[5] Pentagon Papers’ Ellsberg Says Snowden Saves Us From The “United Stasi Of America”: http://www.prisonplanet.com/pentagon-papers-ellsberg-says-snowden-saves-us-from-the-united-stasi-of-america.html

[6] Daniel Ellsberg says Obama should be impeached over NDAA: http://www.prisonplanet.com/daniel-ellsberg-says-obama-should-be-impeached-over-ndaa.html

[7] Pentagon Papers Whistleblower Daniel Ellsberg Says that the Government Has ORDERED the Media Not to Cover 9/11: http://www.prisonplanet.com/pentagon-papers-whistleblower-daniel-ellsberg-says-that-the-government-has-ordered-the-media-not-to-cover-911.html

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