After WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange was arrested in London, an international group of former intelligence officers and ex-government officials released a statement in support of his work. …one of the signatories, Daniel Ellsberg, the famous whistleblower who leaked the Pentagon Papers about the Vietnam War in 1971… “If I released the Pentagon Papers today, the same rhetoric and the same calls would be made about me,” Ellsberg says. “I would be called not only a traitor—which I was then, which was false and slanderous—but I would be called a terrorist… Assange and Bradley Manning are no more terrorists than I am.” — [Democracy Now interview]
THE MOST DANGEROUS MAN IN AMERICA. Blue Hill Library January 28, 7 p.m. PENINSULA PEACE & JUSTICE FILM SERIES.
The first in the Peninsula Peace & Justice winter film series should be of particular interest today as the world responds to the Wikileaks controversy. “The Most Dangerous Man in America” tells the story of Daniel Ellsberg, a high-level Pentagon official and Vietnam War strategist, who in 1971 concluded that the war was based on decades of lies. Ellsberg leaked 7,000 pages of top secret documents to The New York Times, making headlines around the world.
The 2009 Academy Award nominated documentary depicts the whole story of the Pentagon Papers, a landmark struggle involving America’s newspapers, its President and Supreme Court.
The film will be shown at Blue Hill Library at 7:00 p.m. on Friday, January 28.
Free and open to the public. For info: 326-4405.