Where Are They Now?

Ellsberg: Still Rabble-Rousing

In the early 1970s, the Nixon administration was staggered when, as a Pentagon insider, (Daniel) Ellsberg leaked thousands of incriminating documents about U.S. lies and deception to the media regarding its foreign policy in Vietnam. The revelations of what came to be called the Pentagon Papers showed that at least four presidents had deliberately encouraged a war of dubious purpose in order to avoid the embarrassment of failure and to further their own agendas.

The parallels between the Vietnam War and the current pursuit of military action against Iraq are not lost on Ellsberg, who has remained on the lecture circuit since those infamous days.

“We were lied into Vietnam, and we’re being lied into a war right now,” he told a packed crowd at the Commonwealth Club Monday night… Wired