The right to know, 1971 & today
Transcript: Daniel Ellsberg Says He Fears US Might Assassinate Wikileaks
By: Jane Hamsher Friday June 11, 2010 3:21 pm
Daniel Ellsberg, the former US military analyst who released the
pentagon papers in 1971, appeared on MSNBC today with Dylan Ratigan. He
said he fears for the safety of Julian Assange, founder of Wikileaks,
who is reportedly on the verge of leaking secret State Department
cables. The Daily Beast reports that Assange is currently being sought
by the Pentagon, and Ellsberg advises him not to reveal his whereabouts.
“We have after all for the first time, that I ever perhaps in any
democratic country, we have a president who has announced that he feels
he has the right to use special operations operatives against anyone
abroad, that he thinks is associated with terrorism,” says Ellsberg.
“Now as I look at Assange’s case, they’re worried that he will reveal
current threats. I would have to say puts his well-being, his physical
life, in some danger now. And I say that with anguish. I think it’s
astonishing that an American president should have put out that policy
and he’s not getting these resistance from it, from Congress, the press,
the courts or anything. It’s an amazing development that I think Assange
would do well to keep his whereabouts unknown.”
RATIGAN: Do you see direct parallels between what’s developing here and
what you went through?
ELLSBURG: Yes, there does seem to be an immediate parallel between me
and whoever leaked the video on the assault on the 19 or 20 Iraqis.
Someone–allegedly, it was Bradley Manning–did feel that that deserved to
be out. the “Reuters,” whose newspapermen were killed in the course of
that, had been trying to get that through the freedom of information act
for two years, as I understand it and had been refused. Let’s say
whoever did it, hypothetically, Bradley Manning, showed better judgment
in putting it out than the people who kept is secret from the American
people and from the Iraqis.
RATIGAN: What is your sense of disclosure of information to the American
people today, compared to the period of time that you lived through,
where there was similar issues with, with the perception of reality of
information being withheld from the public? Continue reading