Daniel Ellsberg is a former U.S. military analyst who, in 1971, leaked the Pentagon Papers, which revealed how the U.S. public had been misled about the Vietnam war. In 1959, after serving in the Marine Corps, he became a strategic analyst at the RAND Corporation, and consultant to the White House and Defense Department, which he joined before transferring to the State Department to serve in Saigon. On return to RAND in 1967, Ellsberg worked on the top secret McNamara study of U.S. decision-making in Vietnam, 1945-68, which, after his release, would become known as the Pentagon Papers. His trial, on twelve felony counts, was dismissed on grounds of governmental misconduct against him. Ellsberg is the author of several books, including Secrets: A Memoir of Vietnam and the Pentagon Papers (2002). He was awarded the 2006 Right Livelihood Award and is a senior fellow of the Nuclear Age Peace Foundation.
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Crooked politicians will be held accountable. It's in your hands to be on the right side of history and accelerate the process.
Many people compare Edward Snowden to me unfavorably for leaving the country and seeking asylum, rather than facing trial as I did. I dont agree. The country I stayed in was a different America, a long time ago.
In my estimation, there has not been in American history a more important leak than Edward Snowdens release of NSA materialand that definitely includes the Pentagon Papers 40 years ago.
As an urgent matter, the existing secrecy system should be radically contracted and monitored, its current contents generally released (American 'glasnost'), its presumptions debated, challenged and changed.