Tuesday 10 December 2002

It's time to take risks

It's easy to simply follow orders and pull a trigger, what takes super-human courage is to stand up for what you think is right, even though you know the people you are exposing could quite easily have you killed. There should be more people in the world like Daniel Ellsberg...

In 1971, former marine Daniel Ellsberg leaked documents that exposed US government lies and helped end the Vietnam war. He tells Duncan Campbell why he did it, and why he is calling on today's officials to do the same to the Bush regime - and prevent a war in Iraq.

A little more than 30 years ago, the leaking of 7,000 pages of Pentagon documents, which exposed an extraordinary catalogue of lies and duplicity on the part of the US government, helped to bring an end to the war in Vietnam. Daniel Ellsberg, a former marine company commander, who had served in Vietnam, leaked the documents, risking a life sentence to do so. Now he is finally telling the whole story of how he became perhaps the most important whistle-blower of the past half century.

Full story...

Secrets: A Memoir of Vietnam and the Pentagon Papers by Daniel Ellsberg