Ellsberg: “EVERY attack now made on WikiLeaks and Julian Assange was made against me and the release of the Pentagon Papers at the time.”

by Ellsberg.Net on December 8, 2010

[Below is a news release put out by the Institute for Public Accuracy, co-signed by Daniel Ellsberg]

Ex-Intelligence Officers, Others See Plusses in WikiLeaks Disclosures

WASHINGTON – December 7 – The following statement was released today, signed by Daniel Ellsberg, Frank Grevil, Katharine Gun, David MacMichael, Ray McGovern, Craig Murray, Coleen Rowley and Larry Wilkerson; all are associated with Sam Adams Associates for Integrity in Intelligence.

WikiLeaks has teased the genie of transparency out of a very opaque bottle, and powerful forces in America, who thrive on secrecy, are trying desperately to stuff the genie back in. The people listed below this release would be pleased to shed light on these exciting new developments.

How far down the U.S. has slid can be seen, ironically enough, in a recent commentary in Pravda (that’s right, Russia’s Pravda): “What WikiLeaks has done is make people understand why so many Americans are politically apathetic … After all, the evils committed by those in power can be suffocating, and the sense of powerlessness that erupts can be paralyzing, especially when … government evildoers almost always get away with their crimes. …”

So shame on Barack Obama, Eric Holder, and all those who spew platitudes about integrity, justice and accountability while allowing war criminals and torturers to walk freely upon the earth. … the American people should be outraged that their government has transformed a nation with a reputation for freedom, justice, tolerance and respect for human rights into a backwater that revels in its criminality, cover-ups, injustices and hypocrisies.

Odd, isn’t it, that it takes a Pravda commentator to drive home the point that the Obama administration is on the wrong side of history. Most of our own media are demanding that WikiLeaks leader Julian Assange be hunted down — with some of the more bloodthirsty politicians calling for his murder. The corporate-and-government dominated media are apprehensive over the challenge that WikiLeaks presents. Perhaps deep down they know, as Dickens put it, “There is nothing so strong … as the simple truth.”

As part of their attempt to blacken WikiLeaks and Assange, pundit commentary over the weekend has tried to portray Assange’s exposure of classified materials as very different from — and far less laudable than — what Daniel Ellsberg did in releasing the Pentagon Papers in 1971. Ellsberg strongly rejects the mantra “Pentagon Papers good; WikiLeaks material bad.” He continues: “That’s just a cover for people who don’t want to admit that they oppose any and all exposure of even the most misguided, secretive foreign policy. The truth is that EVERY attack now made on WikiLeaks and Julian Assange was made against me and the release of the Pentagon Papers at the time.”

Motivation? WikiLeaks’ reported source, Army Pvt. Bradley Manning, having watched Iraqi police abuses, and having read of similar and worse incidents in official messages, reportedly concluded, “I was actively involved in something that I was completely against.” Rather than simply go with the flow, Manning wrote: “I want people to see the truth … because without information you cannot make informed decisions as a public,” adding that he hoped to provoke worldwide discussion, debates, and reform.

There is nothing to suggest that WikiLeaks/Assange’s motives were any different. Granted, mothers are not the most impartial observers. Yet, given what we have seen of Assange’s behavior, there was the ring of truth in Assange’s mother’s recent remarks in an interview with an Australian newspaper. She put it this way: “Living by what you believe in and standing up for something is a good thing. … He sees what he is doing as a good thing in the world, fighting baddies, if you like.”

That may sound a bit quixotic, but Assange and his associates appear the opposite of benighted. Still, with the Pentagon PR man Geoff Morrell and even Attorney General Eric Holder making thinly disguised threats of extrajudicial steps, Assange may be in personal danger.

The media: again, the media is key. No one has said it better than Monseñor Romero of El Salvador, who just before he was assassinated 25 years ago warned, “The corruption of the press is part of our sad reality, and it reveals the complicity of the oligarchy.” Sadly, that is also true of the media situation in America today.

The big question is not whether Americans can “handle the truth.” We believe they can. The challenge is to make the truth available to them in a straightforward way so they can draw their own conclusions — an uphill battle given the dominance of the mainstream media, most of which have mounted a hateful campaign to discredit Assange and WikiLeaks.

So far, the question of whether Americans can “handle the truth” has been an academic rather than an experience-based one, because Americans have had very little access to the truth. Now, however, with the WikiLeaks disclosures, they do. Indeed, the classified messages from the Army and the State Department released by WikiLeaks are, quite literally, “ground truth.”

How to inform American citizens? As a step in that direction, on October 23 we “Sam Adams Associates for Integrity in Intelligence” (see below) presented our annual award for integrity to Julian Assange. He accepted the honor “on behalf of our sources, without which WikiLeaks’ contributions are of no significance.” In presenting the award, we noted that many around the world are deeply indebted to truth-tellers like WikiLeaks and its sources.

Here is a brief footnote: Sam Adams Associates for Integrity in Intelligence (SAAII) is a group of former CIA colleagues and other admirers of former intelligence analyst Sam Adams, who hold up his example as a model for those who would aspire to the courage to speak truth to power. (For more, please see here.)

Sam did speak truth to power on Vietnam, and in honoring his memory, SAAII confers an award each year to a truth-teller exemplifying Sam Adams’ courage, persistence, and devotion to truth — no matter the consequences. Previous recipients include:

-Coleen Rowley of the FBI
-Katharine Gun of British Intelligence
-Sibel Edmonds of the FBI
-Craig Murray, former UK ambassador to Uzbekistan
-Sam Provance, former Sgt., US Army
-Frank Grevil, Maj., Danish Army Intelligence
-Larry Wilkerson, Col., US Army (ret.)
-Julian Assange, WikiLeaks

“There is nothing concealed that will not be revealed, nothing hidden that will not be made known. Everything you have said in the dark will be heard in the daylight; what you have whispered in locked rooms will be proclaimed from the rooftops.”
– Luke 12:2-3

The following former awardees and other associates have signed the above statement; some are available for interviews:

A former government analyst, Ellsberg leaked the Pentagon Papers, a secret government history of the Vietnam War to the New York Times and other newspapers in 1971. He was an admirer of Sam Adams when they were both working on Vietnam and in March 1968 disclosed to the New York Times some of Adams’ accurate analysis, helping head off reinforcement of 206,000 additional troops into South Vietnam and a widening of the war at that time to neighboring countries.

Grevil, a former Danish intelligence analyst, was imprisoned for giving the Danish press documents showing that Denmark’s Prime Minister (now NATO Secretary General) disregarded warnings that there was no authentic evidence of WMD in Iraq; in Copenhagen, Denmark.

Gun is a former British government employee who faced two years imprisonment in England for leaking a U.S. intelligence memo before the invasion of Iraq. The memo indicated that the U.S. had mounted a spying “surge” against U.N. Security Council delegations in early 2003 in an effort to win approval for an Iraq war resolution. The leaked memo — published by the British newspaper The Observer on March 2, 2003 — was big news in parts of the world, but almost ignored in the United States. The U.S. government then failed to obtain a U.N. resolution approving war, but still proceeded with the invasion.

MacMichael is a former CIA analyst. He resigned in the 1980s when he came to the conclusion that the CIA was slanting intelligence on Central America for political reasons. He is a member of Veteran Intelligence Professionals for Sanity.

McGovern was a CIA analyst for 27 years, whose duties included preparing and briefing the President’s Daily Brief and chairing National Intelligence Estimates. He is on the Steering Group of Veteran Intelligence Professionals for Sanity.

Murray, former UK ambassador to Uzbekistan, was fired from his job when he objected to Uzbeks being tortured to gain “intelligence” on “terrorists.” Upon receiving his Sam Adams award, Murray said, “I would rather die than let someone be tortured in an attempt to give me some increment of security.” Observers have noted that Murray was subjected to similar character assassination techniques as Julian Assange is now encountering to discredit him.

Rowley, a former FBI Special Agent and Division Counsel whose May 2002 memo described some of the FBI’s pre-9/11 failures, was named one of Time Magazine’s “Persons of the Year” in 2002. She recently co-wrote a Los Angeles Times op-ed titled, “WikiLeaks and 9/11: What if? Frustrated investigators might have chosen to leak information that their superiors bottled up, perhaps averting the terrorism attacks.”

Wilkerson, Col., U.S. Army (ret.), former chief of staff to Secretary Colin Powell at the State Department, who criticized what he called the “Cheney-Rumsfeld cabal.” See recent interviews

For more information, contact at the Institute for Public Accuracy:
Sam Husseini, (202) 347-0020; or David Zupan, (541) 484-9167

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Brian Elwin Pomeroy January 3, 2011 at 9:29 pm

I scroll one page up for inspiration for writing and I see a lawyer advising people to not access WikiLeaks. I am reminded of the USA instructing soldiers not to look at certain sources of ‘information’.
It would appear that I quit the military just in time(1967)and I only had to go as far as army cadets to realize that a soldier is a retarded weapon that needs constant control. My only problem is that the people who are controlling these ‘weapons’ are not retarded; they are evil. Two heads are better than one and if the military is going ‘in’ without ‘all’ the info they are obviously given the only power they are allowed, ‘legally deniable actions’. These are the criminals the USA turns loose on the world and the middle class just sits back and watches.
I would advise you write your politician and demand a bombardment of the poppy fields and the legalization of marijuana. No more negotiations with the Taliban. No more putting non-violent people in cages. No more lying.
Brian Elwin Pomeroy

Gordon Hartley December 13, 2010 at 3:32 am

“The truth is a virus”

- Mark Hunter (Christian Slater) in Allan Moyle’s movie ‘Pump Up The Volume’.

Tom December 12, 2010 at 6:34 pm

What’s one thing that nobody’s talked about in regards to Wikileaks? The profit motive.

Assange says essentially he’s independently wealthy, which allows him to run Wikileaks. Are any of the others at Wikileaks wealthy as well? Assuming that they’re not, it obviously costs money to run this operation (just like any for-profit news outlet).

This means that in the process profit is going to play an inceasingly larger role. How come the NYT, Der Spielgel and the Guardian work with them? Because they’re trying to protect their profit margin, that’s why. Therefore, I find it hard to believe that thinking about profit will NEVER become an issue at Wikileaks.

At some point governments will either try to shut them down. Or, they’ll accept them as part of the global media. Meanwhile, Murdoch and the rest of the global corporate media will do everything they can to protect themselves.

If Assange wants Wikileaks to be taken seriously, he obviously knows that he can’t be the “rogue global man of mystery journalist” forever. But also, Robert Fisk keeps bringing up a good point about them.

Do they have too much power? When was the last time sometime leaked something to the corporate MSM? Does this mean that more journalists will just sit back and wait for the next Wikileaks release? This would then “justify” management’s decision to cut back even further on foreign correspondents and other key positions.

Don’t get sucked into the hype. Look at the entire picture.

tom December 11, 2010 at 10:17 pm

what is worse? wikileaks or ex-vice president (the shooter)cheney. if they go after wikileaks they should go after cheney

FrankieT December 11, 2010 at 12:34 pm

Kudos to Wikileaks for the releases that changes the mindsets of many and confirms the suspicions of others. People calling for the ban in access to these documents are just putting their heads in the sand. {In time, they will breath in sand and choke}.

Another powerful force of collections of “like minds” in the Internet is for many groups of volunteer RemoteViewers to come together and target more specific areas. If done in larger numbers, eventually secrets are completely history for mankind!.

Chip December 11, 2010 at 4:54 am

Those are fabulous questions, Tom. Thank you for asking them and giving me something to think about. You are a wonderful critical thinker! After I’ve had some time to think about them and can come up with some thoughts we can discuss them.

Brian Friesen December 11, 2010 at 3:51 am

Hoorah to Mr. Ellsberg, and the others for voicing this!!!!

John Kennard December 10, 2010 at 4:11 pm

Assange/Wikileaks have been responsible so far in how they’ve released the archive, with the full archive released to five world newspapers–the New York Times, the Guardian in the UK, France’s Le Monde, El País in Spain and Germany’s Der Spiegel (I wish he’d added the Washington Post)–and select cables publicly.

And all sorts of ugly things are of course being found under the rocks in the sunlight now, like US military “contractors” buying boy prostitutes in Afghanistan etc. etc. etc.

No wonder the USG and its owners are so murderously hysterical, at having their ways and mores so revealed.

BTW, it’s not against the law to reveal classified information, is it? “classification” is still just an Executive Branch system, with no legal force in the US on non-employees of the Executive branch, right? as explicated lo these four decades ago in _The Politics of Lying_? (not that an espionage charge might not be fabricated, although there isn’t the slightest hint so far that any of this has been engineered by foreign national “sinister forces”.)

Robert Dov Levin "Bob" December 10, 2010 at 4:01 am

I am in the process of organizing a series of regional, nation and global strikes and boycotts against Amazon, PayPal and Walmart. Other corporatist entities that function as tentacles of the continuing criminal enterprise operating beneath the mask of the U.S. government will follow. This will begin a Restorative Revolution until the past and present complicit members of the U.S. Congress and their appointees who remain FBI criminal targets are prosecuted beyond Eric Holder’s selective enforcement show trials. Too many of those who violate their oaths are nothing more than the genocidal facilitators of the Pentagon Colonization model. You know who you are and I have it on good authority that at least 85% of at least one FBI field office shares my views. – Bob Levin, twice wounded FBI whistleblower patriot and friend of Julian Assange and WikiLeaks.

Tom December 10, 2010 at 3:30 am

I’ll will give credit to Mr. Ellsberg for continuing to be a voice of sanity in all of this hype. Even when the MSM is screaming for Assange to be killed, he continues to keep his cool and try to respond rationally to this changing situation.

Good for you.

Tom December 10, 2010 at 3:24 am

While everyone can still post their opinions here, here are some responses to earlier points:

Wikileaks doesn’t need to release documents- If that’s true, then I suggest you look at the corporate MSM. Are any of them doing their job? Back in the days of Woodstein, journalists actually did the footwork for stories. Now, can you name one that’s still doing it (aside from Seymour Hersh)? I can’t.

Which means we don’t have a “free press” in the States anymore. Watch any news program. I defy you to see any deviation from the Consultant’s Formula (it must always be a man and a woman anchor team. Except for the top dog anchors which are two women and 1 guy). The content is almost identical. Why? Because the corporate CEO wants it that way. Do you seriously think that Brian Williams could openly criticize GE and NOT get sacked? Not a chance. Same thing for the other 2 (ABC is owned by Disney and Viacom owns CBS).

Print media is corporate owned. They’re not doing their job. Cable news isn’t doing their job. Which means if Wikileaks doesn’t do this, nobody else will.

How come millions of people Stateside say they support Wikileaks? Because (a) they agree with the previous paragraph. Also (b), in the States protest has effectively been outsourced to Wikileaks. It’s their job to save us from the evil neocons. Most average people say I don’t have time to “protest”. What they don’t stop to consider is that there are many ways to protest other than marching in the streets and getting arrested. Porgressive media isnt doing it because of egos and in-fighting (Pacifica being one ongoing example).

Frankly, is Assange ego tripping on all of this free endless global publicity that others would kill for? To a degree, yes. Does he deserve a fair trail? Again, yes.

However, it bothers me when Wikileaks asks for donations and I have no idea where the money’s going. Assange says he has to stay on the move all the time and be secretive about his background to avoid getting nailed by the authorities. I find that hard to believe after a point for a few reasons. The last time I looked online, it’s not exactly easy or cheap for foreigners with no job to live in various European countries. Even many EU states are stricter about their immigration controls. If I donate, am I paying for actual good being done? Or, am I funding Assange’s nomad lifestyle (apprently now complete with various groupies all over the world)? I’ve asked Wikileaks this question many times, and I’ve never gotten a response.

If Assange is such a threat, then how come U.K. immigration didn’t pick him up when he entered the country? “We were waiting for the proper Interpol paperwork”. Translation: we’re playing all the political angles because we don’t want massive uprisings in the street. So we’ll wait and do what the States tell us to do.

Some predictions:
Assange will be extradited to Sweden. Then the States will push really hard to have him brought here for trial.
Officially, Cameron is against the EU Charter of Human Rights. Now though, he’s going to support it to protect Assange against Obama?
If Assange stays ine U.K., how long can he be held in detention? He’s not a declared “terrorist” threat. What justification can the U.K. (or other govts.) use to hold him?

Before I posted this, I found the main tool that Anonymous is using to attack various sites. This site says it’s freeware. But since it’s being used to cyberattack, does this mean that they’re guilty of Wikileaks’ “terrorist” activities and should be shut down? Or, do Obama and the DOJ say screw that. We’ll score bigger political points by going after Assange?

The truth is the People in Power could care less what you think. Do you really think that “The Perfect President” Obama (to some for some strange reason) really cares about what the average person thinks? He’s a consitutional attorney who went to Harvard Law School. He thinks that torture is ok and killing American citizens abroad who he designates as “terrorists” is also ok.

Why? Because many Inside the Beltway will say grow the **** up. That’s how the “real world” works. Everybody else does it (Russia, Mossad and various others).

Despite all the evidence that Wikileaks has put in front of the public, what’s happened? Has any significant change happened as a result of this? No. If “The Doomsday File” is released, will anything happen then? At this point, I have serious doubts that it will. Which means in all of this Wikileaks Mania, nobody’s stopping to ask these questions.

So I will.

Kerry Cassidy December 10, 2010 at 2:49 am

This important quote from Bradley Manning should be highlighted. Manning wrote: “I want people to see the truth … because without information you cannot make informed decisions as a public,”…

My comment: Unless a public is equipped with the truth they cannot make the kinds of decisions necessary to plan for the future for themselves and their loved ones. This is at the crux of the need for free speech and open debate. What has happened to this country where the ideals that were once so American have now become trampled into the ground by the boots of oppression? Thank you, Daniel Elsberg and the Camelot Whistleblowers for their courage in speaking their truth. — Kerry Cassidy/Project Camelot

RSheafer December 10, 2010 at 1:46 am

Trying to compare what Danial Ellsberg and what Assange has and is doing is like comparing apples to oranges. What Ellsberg did was heroic for his time, just as what Assange is doing is heroic for ours.
America has become a nation run by and for the Fascist. Those who disagree do so because they lack the ability to think critically, to take their collective heads out of their butts, and to think independently for themselves, something our government doesn’t want us to do.
All that matters is the truth wherever it may lead or whatever it may expose. To think differently is almost criminal. Americans need to wake up and look at ourselves in the mirror, it’s not a pretty picture, we are arrogant, deceitful and under the illusion that we know better than anyone else. We have great technology but not the spiritual maturity to handle it benignly.
John Quincy Adams once said that America would lose its soul involved in misadventures abroad, we lost our soul a long time ago and deserve what we are getting. Lincoln said a nation devided cannot stand, we are not only devided but fractured and both parties want to keep us that way, for it is in their best interests that we are.
Assange and Manning are hero’s, get over it.

soror Nishi December 9, 2010 at 11:04 pm

Respect to you all.

David December 9, 2010 at 10:15 pm

Daniel, you don’t seem to get that Assange isn’t you and nothing in the leaked State Department documents rises to the level of the Pentagon Papers. Even worse, by openly publishing private opinions by diplomats, Assange has intentionally harmed diplomatic relations and slowed down any possibility of peaceful solutions.

However, the biggest problem is your whine about Amazon, PayPal, Mastercard, et al. Government censorship is wrong, but that’s not what’s happened. The US didn’t order anything. Everyone can choose to publish what they want or do business with whom they wish. The Left and Right both have long histories of boycotts to push their views.

That companies decided to self censor is no more “wrong” then a company deciding it doesn’t want to publish your next book because the publisher thinks it’s dreck.

Due to the nature of the internet, there’s no way, as you’ve seen, of Amazon shutting down Wikileaks. They’ve just decided it doesn’t belong on their servers. That’s not censorship, it’s choice.

What’s funny is all these “open information” people who won’t disclose who they are, who’s funding Assange, who’s been protecting him or otherwise be open himself. Well, those folks and the oxymoronic groups of anarchists who attack Amazon and other sites, doing intentional damage, claiming to be for freedom and openness but punishing others for making choices the anonymous hackers don’t like.

Assange is no villian and he’s no hero, he’s just a self-aggrandizing ego who’s having his 15 minutes of fame.

aplombbomb December 9, 2010 at 9:08 pm

I doubt you’ll publish this because what I am going to say isn’t something you or your followers are going to want to read.

Julian Assange is a tool. Instead of having Wikileaks publish certain information that may shine light on his cause (whatever it is, I haven’t been able to gleam one yet from his actions) he releases everything. Such a disorienting deluge of information takes quite some time to sift through.

Julian is like a kid with a gun. He knows its dangerous, he knows he can get what he wants with it, but he doesn’t know how to wield it properly. That will ultimately be his and Wikileaks downfall. Reckless, childish behavior, and just plain stupidity.

He may think he is doing a lot of good but in the long run he isn’t. The government will become even more secretive than it already is and worse still he has brought quite a bit of attention to freedom of speech. Of course this assumes he actually has a motive that seeks to benefit someone other than himself.

Personally I’d say he’s an attention whore who saw an opportunity for everlasting attention and he seized it.

Bottom line how is any of this helping to make the world a better place?

The Sceptic December 9, 2010 at 8:07 pm

Most people miss the real issue here. It is not about the WHAT of Wikileaks it is about the WHO.
Had Dr Ellsberg leaked the “Ho Chi Minh Papers” instead of the “Pentagon Papers”, he would have been a hero. Instead you were arrested, tired under a bizarre law, and freed largely due to even greater incompetence and skullduggery by the Government.
If the current leaks were about N Korea or Burma, the US would be extending a White House invitation to Assange, he would cited as a hero and a “great fighter for freedom” and would win the Nobel Peace Prize.
Stop the hypocrisy and focus on the real issue – systematic lying by the US government, and many other governments. Encourage MORE leaks, not fewer ones, from other countries as well. The US is strong enough (and essentially decent enough) to come through all this; Saudi Arabia and other hypocrites are not.

Eleni Muller December 9, 2010 at 7:02 pm

Well said.

Robutt Deniro December 9, 2010 at 6:23 pm

The governments of the world are out of control. You don’t have to have a masters degree in shutting people up to see these charges are nothing more than a thinly veiled message to Wikileaks to STFU. I wish they would just release the file that they claim to be keeping for last resort. Just expose all these politicians and their banking buddies for what they are, frauds and thieves.

A. Nonym December 9, 2010 at 5:03 pm

Here’s a link to the “Pravda” article mentioned – it’s really worth a read:

JimM December 9, 2010 at 4:52 pm

Agreed that WikiLeaks is critical. WikiLeaks and a free press help with preserving society not corrupting it as some now claim. Anarchy is a result of citizens of a society no longer living under a common set of boundaries and “norms” typically defined by law. If government, any government, sets an example of regularly violating the law .. if corporate leaders or intellectual leaders scoff at the law or act unethically .. if a military does not abide by rules of engagement or treaties formulated with other nations .. what exactly would you expect average citizenry to eventually notice? What sort of example has been set at the high ground? How many have already become disappointed with the integrity of govt, the unethical behavior of corporate leaders, the unprofessional behavior of some intellectuals, and disgusted over certain military activities? And how many of you have noticed a growing disgust and distrust from the general citizenry which is fact causing this gravitation to extreme sentiments? These vile actions on the part of govt and powers running these states are fueling their own fire! It is important to bring violations against humanity and society to light to let these powers know and reassure average citizens of this world that that no one should operate above the law against people of other nations or people of their own nation. To allow illegal, unethical or inhumane actions to continue within the highest tiers of society IS TO INVITE ANARCHY everywhere! The “free” press does not appear to be capable of this most critical service of making information available to a free society anymore. This is WHY WikiLeaks is so critical.

Miles December 9, 2010 at 4:45 pm

Thanks for writing one of the most important and insightful things I’ve ever read.

Amaros December 9, 2010 at 4:14 pm

Please nominate Julian Assange for the World Press Freedom Prize, to be held in 2011 in Washington, DC.


Larry December 9, 2010 at 3:51 pm

great article. Suggestion: put links at the bottom to allow readers to share/post your articles to their facebook, tumblr, twitter, etc. you are a patriot. thanks.

em December 9, 2010 at 3:09 pm

Thank you for this essay. It’s nice to see that Ron Paul (of all people) is not the only public figure to voice the support knowing the truth and freedom of information. We need more sunlight and accountability from the frauds who have run things with money and guns for far too long.

Hellscream December 9, 2010 at 2:49 pm

Since you want all information to be open, please, by all means, post your SSN, full name, address, cell number, email addresses, and the same for all members of your family.

Since you don’t want ANY government information to be secret, well, there you go. The SSN is a government number. Let’s go. be a man. Post it, publically, for the world to see, and use.

Not scared are ya?

NH December 9, 2010 at 1:00 pm

As I see it there are secrets worth revealing and there are secrets that are just stupid from one point or another.

And revealing secrets shall also be done with some discrimination because there is little value in revealing personal opinions that diplomats has in most cases. It’s just a publicity stunt. And that has been recognized by most people. The few people that would really suffers are members of totalitarian regimes where no bad words ever shall appear unless the great leader approves.

It is fully valid to have secrets for any country, but not everything is worth to be kept as a secret. And even revealed secrets may not be the real secret – it may be information that was dismissed during the process and is effectively useless or completely opposite to the reality.

But some secrets are worth to reveal since politicians needs to be aware that they may be caught with their pants down in an inconvenient moment. That is the only way that politics can be kept sane. Hidden agendas will eventually be revealed.

Don’t forget that governments and government agencies has a tendency to overuse the “secret” classification just to cover their behinds. A secret classification may for many cases delay due process, sometimes so that the statute of limitation is exceeded.

titi zozio December 9, 2010 at 11:01 am

I really happy to see that there are still honest people in the world.
Great and very risky job you have done !
Congratulations to all of you.
This only show that the workd is only ruled by secret agencies and all presidents are only puppets.

Hellena December 9, 2010 at 10:56 am


Taff December 9, 2010 at 10:31 am

Great article

Vidyut December 9, 2010 at 8:05 am
Gos December 9, 2010 at 7:45 am

As much as I hate to admit it, I agree with Sarah Palin. She recently said that Assange should be “hunted down like Osama bin Laden.” I agree — ten years from now he should still be a free man.

Elizabeth Plumley December 9, 2010 at 7:40 am

Why doesn’t it strike people, that if military privates, the AP, the LA times, the New York Times, former CIA dudes, the ACLU, “old grizzled servicemen,” and Ellsberg are willing to be in harm’s way for the Truth, they better perk up? I just don’t want to wake up tomorrow, and Assange is dead. Why aren’t more people furious that Visa and Mastercard cut them off from choice? I will never shop Amazon or Paypal again. What else can I do? Suggestions? I’ve donated snail mail. Do you think it will arrive?

ARIAKA December 9, 2010 at 7:26 am

…I wish the new world order will come to an end consequent to wilileaks cable expose. I wish mandarins wherever wherenever will now acknowledge that times up for fiddling with information, that there is need for a paradigm shift in the philosophies that defines their world outlook. That the scenarios for the future is truthful information to the public, that personnal and clique agendas are vestigial, ….and that the past will stop, that they must brace for a future for relevance, and that the future is truth nothing but the truth…

Gulliver Foyle December 9, 2010 at 6:29 am

I, for one, am very pleased that these dedicated folks have let this slew of cats out of their respective sacks. I felt the same when Daniel Ellsberg opened his sack many years ago.

Too bad the idiots in powerful positions didn’t learn their lesson then.
Too bad they won’t learn a lesson now.

Brandelyn December 9, 2010 at 5:50 am

Here’s a link to the Pravada newspaper article. It is worth a read.


Jan B December 9, 2010 at 5:22 am

Take note US …… Those who protest the loudest have the most to hide. If anything should happen to Julian Assange he will be a martyr for freedom and democracy.

Charlie December 9, 2010 at 4:19 am

Yes, great job, Mr Assange. History shall obsolve you!

Christopher Lynt December 9, 2010 at 3:49 am

Thank you for all you have done for democracy and peace over the years. The Pentagon Papers release was a defining moment in my young life in the war against the propagandists. Truth thrives in the daylight, and like what you did, WikiLeaks is giving us a glimpse of it. Democracy without disclosures such as these is mere manipulation by those in power. Our corporate media has failed us, for the most part. Wonderful piece here – went straight to my FaceBook page! Carry on.

ac December 9, 2010 at 3:08 am

Thank you.

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Jason December 9, 2010 at 1:56 am

Reply to Tom.

It doesnt take nerve to stand up against someone as weak as Obama, just the inclination.

My fear is that the australian government, and those others you mentioned, genuinely don’t have the inclination.

Don Oorst December 9, 2010 at 1:15 am

As an Australian Admirer, I’ve always wanted to say you did your country proud Mr Ellesberg, and by supporting Mr Assange and the young patriot Bradley Manning, you are continuing to do so.

Information wants to be free, because its the only way we the people can police our damn governments.

Jon Seymour December 9, 2010 at 12:50 am

I have a concrete suggestion for a campaign idea.

The Australian Parliament, for example, could reserve for itself the
right to impose a “freedom tax” on payment services like PayPal,
MasterCard and Visa.

The tax rate would be set at 0% as a gesture of good will. However, if
they fail to reverse their decision or ever act in this way again, the
Parliament could choose to alter the rate to some non-zero

The collected tax would be either returned to the consumer or to a
media organisation of the consumers &/or the Parliament’s choice.

This would serve to take payment services out of the political arena
or provide a useful source of revenue to fund investigative journalism
and other freedom preserving projects.

Once the idea of taxing payment services is accepted, payment services
will rue they day they abandoned the rule of law to exercise political

SpiegS December 9, 2010 at 12:22 am

I would like to read the “Pravda” article You where referencing to, but unfortunately I couldn’t finde any reference to it in Your article. At least when quickly browsing it.

laptop_repairs_manchester December 8, 2010 at 11:54 pm

great read, even Paypal has a voice now

Tom December 8, 2010 at 11:37 pm

Please explain this to me.

Australian Foreign Minister Kevin Rudd says that Assange isn’t “legally liable” for the Wikileaks releases. Instead, “those who provided the information are liable”. Also, the Prime Minister says that the govt. continues to investigate Assange and Wikileaks to see if any laws were broken.

Now, what he DIDN’T say was anything about the pending rape charges and possible extradition to Sweden. Also, nothing about the current U.S/Swedish discussions to extradite him to the States.

Will Australia, the U.K. and Sweden have the nerve to stand up to Obama?


Who’s in charge in Canberra?

Gary Dolan December 8, 2010 at 11:35 pm

Thanks for speaking up. I remember the thunderbolt that was the Pentagon Papers, and was grateful then. I was never again so naive. We need that same spirit now.

Stephen Farrelly December 8, 2010 at 11:31 pm

As an Australian, and world observer, I am both honoured to share origin with Assange, and am in awe at the immediate impact, and clear definition of real-world results, that WikiLeaks brings with each and ever whistle they blow.

The idea that he, as a messenger for the truth, is in some way, shape or form responsible is absurd. Assange doesn’t go in and yank these documents for himself, they’re handed over by people of equal mettle; people who’ve clearly seen enough, and need to buck failing or corrupt systems.

This piece is a clear and concise analysis of the most recent events, and I applaud the author and supporters in putting it together.

Kathleen Bergin December 8, 2010 at 11:21 pm

First Amendment Law Prof blogs on US grad and law schools warning students NOT to access Wikileaks docs:


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