Snowden Was Right to Flee: Daniel Ellsberg
Pentagon Papers leaker slams 'United Stasi of America'
By Matt Cantor, Newser User
Posted Jul 8, 2013 10:46 AM CDT
In this Wednesday, April 12, 1973 photo, Daniel Ellsberg, co-defendant in the Pentagon Papers trial, talks with newsmen after he testified in Los Angeles.   (AP Photo)

(Newser) – Don't blame Edward Snowden for skipping town when he made his big revelations about NSA surveillance: so says one of his most famous whistleblowing predecessors, Daniel Ellsberg, who stayed in the US after his own leaks. "The country I stayed in was a different America, a long time ago," Ellsberg writes in the Washington Post. Ellsberg's trial was dismissed due to evidence of government wiretapping and more, but "there is no chance that experience could be reproduced today."

Government actions that were "clearly criminal" under Richard Nixon are today "regarded as legal." If Snowden had stayed, he'd be in prison, his mouth shut, like WikiLeaks soldier Bradley Manning. Ellsberg, by contrast, was allowed to keep speaking even while he was under indictment. Snowden, Ellsberg asserts, revealed Stasi-like conduct on the part of the US, and "nothing worthwhile would be served ... by Snowden voluntarily surrendering to US authorities given the current state of the law." Click for Ellsberg's full piece.

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gomer99
Jul 8, 2013 1:32 PM CDT
It seems to be up to a low IQ droid to decide -- for himself, violating his oath -- what is and is not classified material. Gross violation of law and professional ethics. Remarkably, the usual suspects seem to be howling: "the ends justify the means". Seems to be somewhat of a flip from their ordinary mantra.
lostmtnman
Jul 8, 2013 12:05 PM CDT
He should have stayed put, better yet, kept his mouth shut. His revelations will have no impact. The only thing that will happen is at some point, he will end up in prison. No more pole dancer for him.
MissionSparta
Jul 8, 2013 11:03 AM CDT
Government officials: you work for us, the American people. Stop railroading and chasing this citizen that has done nothing. We should be forming a lynch mob and storming your buildings and putting you on trial, since it is obvious you aren't going to put yourself on trial.