It’s a story fit for Hollywood: An American citizen uncovers government secrets that he decides the public must know. He tells the world and quickly becomes a man wanted by his president. No, we’re not talking about Edward Snowden. We’re talking about a man who came well before cell phone bugging and email surveillance: Daniel Ellsberg.
Richard Nixon, if he were alive today, might take bittersweet satisfaction to know that he was not the last smart president to prolong unjustifiably a senseless, unwinnable war, at great cost in human life… He would probably also feel vindicated (and envious) that ALL the crimes he committed against me – which forced his resignation facing impeachment – are now legal.
“The public is lied to every day by the President, by his spokespeople, by his officers. If you can’t handle the thought that the President lies to the public for all kinds of reasons, you couldn’t stay in the government at that level, or you’re made aware of it, a week. … The fact is Presidents rarely say the whole truth—essentially, never say the whole truth—of what they expect and what they’re doing and what they believe and why they’re doing it and rarely refrain from lying, actually, about these matters.”
- Daniel Ellsberg, whistleblower, activist and former military analyst for the RAND corporation who, in 1971, released The Pentagon Papers, a top secret Pentagon study of U.S government decision making about the Vietnam war. He was the first whistleblower to be tried under the espionage act.
Daniel Ellsberg fue declarado “enemigo de los Estados Unidos de América” por haber filtrado al New York Times los “Papeles del Pentágono”, el reporte sobre el impacto de la guerra de Vietnam, en 1971. Al conmemorarse 40 años de este hecho, el gobierno americano desclasificará toda la documentación. ¿Efecto Wikileaks?