Friday, May 06, 2011

Ellsberg Vs. Manning

Daniel EllsbergNo, it wasn't the same thing. What it was, Ellsberg's material wasn't classified in the same way.

-- President Barack Obama, responding at a San Francisco fundraiser to a question comparing U.S. Army whistleblower Bradley Manning to Pentagon analyst Daniel Ellsberg, who in 1971 leaked the Pentagon Papers, detailing the secret history of U.S. involvement in Vietnam. The material disclosed in the Pentagon Papers was in fact designated Top Secret -- the highest secrecy designation under law -- whereas the material allegedly leaked by Manning to WikiLeaks was marked "secret" or "classified," among the lowest-level secrecy designations, 22 April 2011

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