Daniel Ellsberg Fears WikiLeaks Founder Julian Assange’s Life In Danger

by Ellsberg.Net on June 17, 2010

In an interview with the Daily Beast and with MSNBC, Daniel Ellsberg—who was the target of a White House hit squad himself in 1972—expressed fear that WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange’s life is in danger:

Also, CBS News has a piece about Daniel’s support of antiwar congressional candidate Marci Winograd here. And Daniel tells Der Spiegel that, Obama is “in some key aspects is nothing other than the third term of the Bush administration.” And he speaks with Antiwar.com Radio about Bradley Manning and the Obama administration’s prosecution of whistleblowers here.

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Nasirabadi December 3, 2010 at 3:06 pm

Live Long WikiLeaks
Long Live WikiLeaks

Tara November 23, 2010 at 4:32 am

My God/Goddess: I watched a released video of murder of Iraqi civilians that Assange leaked, pure evil, meditated murder by the good ol’ military U.S.A., how can these military puppets perpetuate this bloodbath?? It is unbelievable, too much for me to wrap my head around, that this war is still going on and everyone knows it is built on lies!! And all so that the perverted Elite can war profiteer and make trillions over children’s bloodied bodies, my God, what blood do the U.S. and Canadian soldiers have on their souls, and my mind cannot conceive of Assange’s courage. Wow!
Will the earth actually be able to soak up all of the blood these terrible amoral wars have spilled?

Tara
Canada

Steven Robinson October 9, 2010 at 11:01 pm

As a child of four I rode everywhere with my father, a devout and rabid republican. As a boy in school it wasn’t long before I joined the Young Republicans and attended school as a young businessman of 14 myself.
Later in college I saw the brothers of close friends come home maimed both mentally and physically, and worse, I did Not see the return of many of those elder brothers of close friends,.. the ones who taught us how to work on cars, pee in the snow,.. and who used us as human crash dummies on toboggan sled runs we’d work on til the snow melts would come,.. I still miss these men today.

Today I watch those of us who swore we’d never make war, would swear we’d never let our sons go to war,.. and yet we were lied to and tricked, robbed of our children and of our fortunes while the machines of war still grind on chewing up our net worth, the country’s resources, and our children.

I cannot stand as a right wing supporter any longer.
I cannot stand as a businessman who simply is Right to be right.
I cannot stand watching the past president and his father extort this great country for their own means and then run off to Paraguay to monopolize natural resources there while basking in an extradition proof land if necessary.
I pray for you, Mr. Ellsberg, and for those who worked with you.
I pray for another Daniel Ellsberg today.
I pray for truth and a bloodless existence.
I pray we shall no longer make war for its own sake.
I pray this land may be once again recognized for its principles.
I pray this land may one day find a decade,…
just one decade,.. where war is no longer central to our existence.
I pray for the transparency and freedom some 90,000 pages of truth may insure.
I pray the criminals who control this country will go straight to hell,…
and hurry up about it.

We citizens of this great country owe so much to you, Mr. Ellsberg for turning us toward Truth and away from war without cause other than to enrich the war machines. We owe you for the fall of a presidency whose vanity, smug death grip on power, and hate of truth and light dealt this country the loss of my brothers, the loss of two millions and the loss of our dignity.
We owe much to your kind of people who take chances in the name of Truth.

As a successful businessman I myself turned my back on Truth,. focused on business, the legal tender, I retired at age 49, faced the suffering of a daughter struck with Lupus, and have myself suffered a stroke. I fell from grace with the credit agencies,.. this is itself a death sentence of sorts,.. and I have worked my way back. I view the world in a very different way today. I am fed up with war,. fed up with society’s disdain for compassion, fed up with impatience with those who are weak and in need of a helping hand.
I cannot believe we are so struck with our own convictions of superiority and purity as a christian society that we cannot find room in the world for anyone who thinks differently that we.
War is Not the Answer.
We cannot be whipped into a warring frenzy with words such as “remember the Maine”, and “Imminent danger of WMDs” at the will of the foundries and fortune mongers.

So long as Imagined fear can be manufactured,
so will guns will be manufactured,
hence we will then have something Real to fear.
Corporatocracies and a few “superiors” govern us as they did long ago.
They did not go away, they simply bought our souls
and paid us off to pave the way,… now they kill again with impunity.
As a father I look back at the principles we espoused,.. traded for the comforts of dying old with our toys at the expense of our own children’s blood.
What happened to the truths you spoke forty years ago?
They were buried along with the truths we know are hidden today.
Mr. Ellsberg,..
we need Another Mr. Ellsberg.

Steven Robinson

Howard Schneider October 6, 2010 at 2:34 am

Dear Mr. Ellsberg,

Your courage is truly inspiring. Thank you.

Howard Schneider

Jill August 14, 2010 at 4:43 pm

US Public Enemy #1 Assange

TOM August 2, 2010 at 11:04 pm

So, Assange a Hero, I have never heard of a hero getting someone killed????

Phil July 26, 2010 at 12:48 pm

This is all well and good until the Islamic Jihad races across America and every other Free Nation, killing all those who refuse allah. I’m absolutely for world peace and freedom of the press and all that jazz, but when they strap bombs to mentally challenged people, use their own children as shields, and blow up nationals during a prayer service, I think we all need to re-evaluate how much freedoms and security mean to us and how often people take advantage of it.

T June 24, 2010 at 5:48 pm

Would Obama take a huge risk by mounting a covert operation to kill Assange? Personally I don’t think so.

Why? Because the backlash would never end. And considering how many people think that he’s a weak President, killing a hero to many would only make Assange a martyr. What’s the point of that?

Bill June 19, 2010 at 4:32 pm

Anyone who thinks that Julian Assange is anything other than a modern-day confidence man, who has edited the long version of the video he calls “Collateral Murder” for anything other than profit and personal gain, needs to review the video.

Note that the van (taxi), for example, was used to transport the Reuters employees near the battle area. And that, there are six men at this location when Saleh pulls away. Two accompany Namir and Seed to the battle scene. Two others return to the bus which was undoubtedly used to transport the insurgents to the courtyard.

While in route to his children’s school Saleh gets a call from Saeed – Namir has gotten his battle photographs of a humvee which was attacked by these insurgents – requesting that he come back and pick them up. Saeed can be seen on his cell phone at 3:16 when the helicopter engages for the first time. Saleh must have heard the attack over the phone. Ignoring any danger to his children, he quickly returns to pick up his fare only to find a wounded Saeed. This explains why the army report says “the van arrives as if on cue.”

Now all we need is a savvy journalist to get the cell phone records of Saleh and Saeed to prove all of the above!

steven June 17, 2010 at 11:32 pm

Dear Mr ASSANGE you sir are a true patriot.I encourage you to stand strong and remain courageous.The american people stand firmly behind you and your freedom of the press,irrespective of what our governments agenda may be.We the people stand behind you.In the name of justice release all the videos.that would be justice and that would be punishment.GOD bless you and yours.

Antonio June 17, 2010 at 9:48 pm

go Assange… GO

Johannes Johannes June 17, 2010 at 9:14 pm

If there is a God , may he bless and care for Julian Assange and his colleagues.

The world needs them more than ever.

Dee Ann Royce June 17, 2010 at 5:26 pm

My heart is so heavy for the people of our Nation, that the oligarch wishes to be no more. I feel the pain of Chief Joseph, in his realization of the future of his people, against the mad machine of the MIGHTY-WHITE CIVILIZATION (misnomer on CIVIL). The vain and powerful, usually wealthy rather than capable, feel they should and shall control the WORLD, like little delusional demigods.

May the universal forces of freedom and the spiritual strength of the people with souls, find and follow Mr. Assange to supply and support his every need. He is truly a hero of the people!
I had the intuitive feeling while watchng OBAMA give away any hope of REAL CHANGE that he would lead us into the lions’ den it appears as though I intuited truth. God be with him!

EthicalTech June 17, 2010 at 3:15 pm

In a world where governments and organizations cunningly use technology to reduce our privacy to little more than an illusion while they increasingly rely on secrecy and push the limits of of their criminal activities in total impunity, Whistleblowing is one of the last weapons left for us, the people.
Wikileaks stands at the forefront of this important battle and it is now our duty to help them.
The most effective way for most of us is cash donations.
http://wikileaks.org/wiki/Special:Support

sonya June 17, 2010 at 1:12 pm

I hope Assange is safe. He is incredibly courageous and a true hero. The vile and evil global corruption of TPTB will be exposed, by Assange and other brave souls like him and Manning. They are terrified because knowledge of what they are really doing will mean their downfall. Right now the clash of the titans is going on behind the mainstream media front, the likes of which are mind boggling. See Christopher Story’s Global Intelligence Analysis for detailed info.

I salute those who are brave enough to leak the truth. This is just the beginning. In doublespeak, ‘National Security = Cover up of how we are defrauding the world populations.’ The Vatican is also very scared right now, being also implicated in the huge international economic frauds, and as the paedophilia activities and mass murder of the Catholic Church is being exposed. For info on this aspect see Kevin Annett’s website http://www.hiddenfromhistory.org

Now is the time we must all help and support each other and get the information out to as many as possible.

jim mc donald June 17, 2010 at 11:00 am

Protest in the world is muted and tamed by a fawning corporate media whose only allegiance is to money and power. The masses are smothered and impotent as they watch in horror and are neglected by a political class whose leaders by and large are quislings to the only superpower left on earth.

Now and again though heroes arise above the ordinary who inspire hope. They are many and they toil for truth and justice at mortal risk to their lives for no gain other than to live by their consciences and to help us find the courage to live by ours.

Julian Assange and a growing army of common people will be heard above the deafening silence enforced by powerful elites, a tiny cabal who gained their status by prostituting themselves before the almighty dollar and by doing so forfeited their worth to humanity.

Joe June 17, 2010 at 9:39 am

“He [Assange] may actually be one of the most powerful people in the world now.”

Imo, what is more important to understand than “power” is the use of initiatives. Any sociopath, government body or soldier (or anyone else really) all have the faculty of doing horrible things, but some are probably paid, and given licence to do such things, for wanting to tilt the circumstances to better suit their view of a predictable world. And I think that such self rightous privileges are scary, when people are harmed or oppressed.

kingfelix June 17, 2010 at 1:31 am

Assange is truly a man of the age, sprung fully-formed from the pages of a William Gibson novel. He may actually be one of the most powerful people in the world now.

What Wikileaks is doing is provide an invaluable service, while also revealing how small is the range of reporting of other media outlets, particularly those in the US.

The measure of his success is precisely how hard the authorities are working to close him and his operation down. It’s good to see the psyops play out over a situation where most reasonable people can clearly see the good guy.

Shane Murray June 17, 2010 at 12:54 am

We are at a crossroads in human consciousness and ability. We have the technology to create and collaborate in ways which threaten or undermine the nation state. Julian’s work erodes the aggregation of power in the hands of the few and distributes it to the many.

We saw great gains in the advancement of technology and society with the advent of the internet. The next step is releasing all the secrets and demonstrating that security is nothing but theater designed to lull audiences into fear.

If nations have nothing left to hold onto, nothing more to control us, it limits their ability to allow us to congregate of citizens of one world. That is a very healthy move forward for all human kind.

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