Tag: Daniel Ellsberg

The Many Shades of Edward Snowden

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The world will never see Mark Felt’s body language as he told Bob Woodward about the Nixon administration’s illegal behavior or hear the timbre of Daniel Ellsberg’s voice when he handed over the Pentagon Papers. But thanks to Citizenfour, a

Want to Reform the NSA? Give Edward Snowden Immunity

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In 1970, Christopher Pyle disclosed in public writing that the U.S. Army was running a domestic intelligence program aimed at anti-war and civil-rights activists. His disclosure began a series of public-accountability leaks, the most famous of which was Daniel Ellsberg’s

Why Intelligence Whistleblowers Can’t Use Internal Channels

Woman holds a portrait of former U.S. spy agency contractor Snowden in front of her face as she stands in front of the U.S. embassy during a protest in Berlin in this file photo

Imagine a CIA agent who witnessed behavior that violated the Constitution, the law, and core human rights protections, like torturing a prisoner. What would we have her do? Government officials say that there are internal channels in place to protect

Daniel Ellsberg: Snowden Kept His Oath Better Than Anyone in the NSA

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Daniel Ellsberg, the celebrated whistleblower who leaked the Pentagon Papers, said in a conversation with National Security Agency whistleblower Edward Snowden that every human sometimes bites their tongue when they witness something that they know to be wrong–and blood often

He is not alone

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In the offices next to Wizner’s open door, young high-flyers with degrees from Harvard and Yale sit at their desks. They have posters on their office walls: “Disagreement is patriotic” and “Being a Muslim and praying is no offence”. A

Daniel Ellsberg on US surveillance

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Huntingdon, United States – In 1971, US military analyst Daniel Ellsberg leaked thousands of pages of a top-secret study on the Vietnam War to the American press. The Pentagon Papers, as the leak would come to be called, revealed previously

Why Snowden Won’t (and Shouldn’t) Get Clemency

Woman holds a portrait of former U.S. spy agency contractor Snowden in front of her face as she stands in front of the U.S. embassy during a protest in Berlin in this file photo

I regard Daniel Ellsberg as an American patriot. I was one of the first columnists to write that Director of National Intelligence James Clapper should be fired for lying to Congress. On June 7, two days after the first news

Complete Pentagon Papers

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In 1967, a history of the United States’ involvement in Indochina was commissioned by Secretary of Defense Robert S. McNamara, who had become increasingly sceptical about the Vietnam War. The work continued for eighteen months, resulting in some 2.5 million