Monday, March 14, 2011

Bradley Manning and the Pentagon Papers....

If he did provide them, then there's a parallel that's there but that hasn't been explicitly pointed out by most of the media. Sure, both events were massive releases of information, but the Pentagon Papers were also targeted for potentially aiding the enemy. Although the internet did not exist, presumably the Soviets or people with connections to the Vietnamese government had access to the New York Times. And the Pentagon papers were high level analysis documents, not just routine e-mails transmitted within the State Department. However, no one seems to want to bring the aspect of 'treason' into discussing the Pentagon Papers these days because it's pretty broadly acknowledged that it was not a bad thing. Calling Daniel Ellsberg a traitor after the fact wouldn't look good.

Both parties are in the right, both were/are accused of treason.

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