The More Things Change; The More They Stay The Same

It's interesting to note that in Daniel Ellsberg, the former United States military analyst who, while employed by the RAND Corporation, precipitated a national political controversy in 1971 when he released the Pentagon Papers, a top-secret Pentagon study of US government decision-making about the Vietnam War, to The New York Times and other newspapers, tweeted about Julian Assange saying :

Ellsberg: “EVERY attack now made on WikiLeaks and Julian Assange was made against me and the release of the Pentagon Papers at the time.”

by Michael Ellsberg on December 8, 2010

Ellsberg was subject to a smear campaign lead by government officials who broke into his psychiatrist's office looking for dirt. When they could not find anything incriminating, they made it up. They made up a number of rumors about him, one of which being that he used to have sex with his wife, and make his children watch. Eventually, the truth came out, and these rumors were exposed for precisely what they were: Lies. Although, a considerable amount of pain and damage had already been dealt to his family.

It bears an uncanny resemblance to today and apparently, I am not the only one who thinks so.


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