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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.
"I think they provided a very valuable service," Mr. Ellsberg said. "To call them terrorists is not only mistaken, it's absurd."
"We hope this recording will shed light on one of the most secret court trials in recent history, in which the government is putting on trial a concerned government employee whose only stated goal was to bring attention to what he viewed as serious governmental misconduct and criminal activity," Mr. Ellsberg said in a statement on the group's website.