Here’s a a view on what’s happening to Assange from someone with a very distinctive perspective.
Daniel Ellsberg tweets:
“EVERY attack now made on Assange and @wikileaks was made against me and release of Pentagon Papers”
Ellsberg expands a little on that thought in a group-signed statement to which his tweet links.
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.”
Image: Henri Regnault, The Spy, 1880