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Topic - Daniel Ellsberg
Daniel Ellsberg, the leaker of the Pentagon Papers who was charged in 1971 for theft and conspiracy, says NSA leaker Edward Snowden actually made the right call in fleeing the United States in search of asylum abroad.
A whistleblower and press-freedom advocacy group has posted leaked audio of Pfc. Bradley Manning's testimony about his motives for leaking secret U.S. government documents and videos to WikiLeaks — the first time the public has heard his voice since his 2010 arrest.
The Wikileaks scandal is not even a pale carbon copy of the Pentagon papers 39 years ago that accelerated America's Vietnam defeat. But even then, nothing was revealed that wasn't known by the war correspondents covering Vietnam. Deception and disinformation were part of the U.S. arsenal. And the daily afternoon military briefing was known as the "Five O'clock Follies." This was followed by the civilian briefing, which was largely ignored by the war correspondents. Yet this is where one found out about the latest Viet Cong atrocity - such as wiping out an entire village to cower neighboring villages into total compliance.
"Many people compare Edward Snowden to me unfavorably for leaving the country and seeking asylum, rather than facing trial as I did," Mr. Ellsberg writes in Pentagon Papers leaker Daniel Ellsberg: Edward Snowden is right to flee U.S. →
"Nothing worthwhile would be served, in my opinion, by Snowden voluntarily surrendering to U.S. authorities given the current state of the law," Mr. Ellsberg writes. "I hope that he finds a haven, as safe as possible from kidnapping or assassination by U.S. Special Operations forces, preferably where he can speak freely."