Whistleblower Daniel Ellsberg Testifies in Defense Of Julian Assange

Anti War.com           By Dave DeCamp                   Thurs., Sept.17, 2020

Whistleblower Daniel Ellsberg, (pic on left) who leaked the infamous Pentagon Papers, testified during the extradition hearing of WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange (pic on right) on Wednesday. Ellsberg warned that Assange would not see a fair trial if extradited to the US, and the whistleblower compared documents published by WikiLeaks to his leaks, and said both had been in the “highest public interest.”

Ellsberg said he was shocked that low-level documents published by WikiLeaks contained information about assassination and torture.

In his days working for the US government during the Vietnam War, the whistleblower said sensitive information like that was only available to the highest levels of government. The inclusion of such information in reports that can be accessed by so many people, Ellsberg said, means the practices have been “normalized.”

Ellsberg discussed the Collateral Murder video published by WikiLeaks, which showed a US Apache helicopter indiscriminately kill over a dozen people, including two Reuters journalists.

“I was acutely aware that what was depicted in that video deserved the term murder, a war crime,” Ellsberg said. “I was very glad that the American public was confronted with this reality of our war.”

The prosecution told Ellsberg that Assange was not wanted by the US for the Collateral Murder video but for publishing documents and not redacting names. Ellsberg pointed out that when he leaked the Pentagon Papers, he did not redact a single name.

When asked if he could believe that WikiLeaks releasing unredacted names did not cause any harm, Ellsberg said the US government has been “extremely cynical in pretending its concerned for these people” and has displayed “contempt for Middle Easterners” throughout the last 19 years.

The US has indicted Assange on 17 counts of espionage, and one count of conspiracy to commit a computer crime. If extradited, the publisher could face up to 175 years in prison.

Source: https://news.antiwar.com/2020/09/16/daniel-ellsberg-testifies-in-defense-of-julian-assange-and-wikileaks/

About ron abbass

Because of my last name, there are some who might think I'm a Muslim. I'm an older student of the bible and I regard myself as Christian-other. That is, I was baptized in a Torah-keeping assembly. I'm one who tries his best to follow Yayshua, the Messiah (Christ) by keeping the commandments, the dietary laws, the weekly Sabbath and the annual Sabbaths (Holy Days) instituted and ordained by the great I AM, the Creator-God of Israel. I reject the holidays and festivals invented by the Roman church. Truth-seeking is my present passion. Presently, I do a lot of research into the World Wars, the mass media, the Holocaust, Zionism, Health Issues, 9/11 and the power brokers who are behind the New World Order that is gradually being established mainly in the Western Nations. Many prognosticators (prophets) both secular and religious are warning us that we are living "On the Eve of Destruction" - the last days. There's a very good chance a nuclear tsunami will eventually visit many nations. Peace and blessings to all who love the truth and hate the lies.
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