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NSA leaker Daniel Ellsberg: Snowden made the right call

Posted on: June 17, 2017

NSA leaker Daniel Ellsberg: Snowden made the right call

Opinions, July 7, 2013

Daniel Ellsberg is the author of “Secrets: A Memoir of Vietnam and the Pentagon Papers.”

He was charged in 1971 under the Espionage Act as well as for theft and conspiracy for copying the Pentagon Papers. The trial was dismissed in 1973 after evidence of government misconduct, including illegal wiretapping, was introduced in court.

Many people unfavourably compare Edward Snowden to me for leaving the country and seeking asylum, rather than facing trial as I did. I don’t agree.

The country I stayed in was a different America, a long time ago. (Excellent observation)

After the New York Times had been enjoined from publishing the Pentagon Papers — on June 15, 1971, the first prior restraint on a newspaper in U.S. history — and I had given another copy to The Post (which would also be enjoined), I went underground with my wife, Patricia, for 13 days.

My purpose (quite like Snowden’s in flying to Hong Kong) was to elude surveillance while I was arranging — with the crucial help of a number of others, still unknown to the FBI — to distribute the Pentagon Papers sequentially to 17 other newspapers, in the face of two more injunctions.

The last three days of that period was in defiance of an arrest order: I was, like Snowden now, a “fugitive from justice.”

Yet when I surrendered to arrest in Boston, having given out my last copies of the papers the night before, I was released on personal recognizance bond the same day.

Later, when my charges were increased from the original three counts to 12, carrying a possible 115-year sentence, my bond was increased to $50,000. But for the whole two years that I was under indictment, I was free to speak to the media and at rallies and public lectures.

I was, after all, part of a movement against an ongoing war. Helping to end that war was my preeminent concern.

I couldn’t have done that abroad, and leaving the country never entered my mind.

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