Daniel Ellsberg: “WikiLeaks’ Manning is no traitor”

Tells Facebook, Google, Twitter: resist!

21 January, 2011
Bradley Manning, the alleged source of WikiLeaks’ dossiers on Iraq and Afghanistan, is not a traitor – and big firms must take a stand to protect whistle-blowers from US government demands to spy on their data, according to Daniel Ellsberg, the former CIA man who leaked the Pentagon Papers.

Ellsberg, who last year signed an open letter supporting WikiLeaks, said companies such as Google, Facebook and Twitter need to stand firm in the face of excessive requests by government for access to personal data.

“You are facing a challenge at this moment of profound implications for our democracy,” Ellsberg told Silicon Valley executives in Santa Clara, California, on Wednesday night.

Ellsberg was part of a panel discussing the reaction of corporations such as Amazon, eBay, Visa and Mastercard to US government pressure aimed at shutting down the whistle-blowing site. Continue reading

Keeping the lid on government crimes

Targeting Whistleblowers: Truth Telling Endangered

By Stephen Lendman

13 June, 2010

On April 16, journalist John Cole wrote:

“The message is clear – you torture people and then destroy the evidence, and you get off without so much as a sternly worded letter. If you are a whistle blower outlining criminal behavior by the government, you get prosecuted.”

In fact, it’s worse. Under Bush, torture was official policy. It remains so under Obama who absolved CIA torturers, despite unequivocal evidence of their guilt. But leaking it risks criminal prosecution for revealing state secrets and endangering national security.

On June 7, New York Times writer Elisabeth Bumiller headlined, “Army Leak Suspect Is Turned In, by Ex-Hacker,” explaining that US Army intelligence analyst Specialist Bradley Manning told Adrian Lamo that he leaked the following materials to WikiLeaks:

— “260,000 classified United States diplomatic cables and video of a (US) airstrike in Afghanistan that killed 97 civilians last year,” and

— an “explosive (39 minute) video of an American helicopter attack in Baghdad that left 12 people dead, including two employees of the Reuters news agency.” Manning called it “collateral murder,” a crime he felt obliged to expose. Continue reading