Was Afghan report leaker listening to NPR this weekend?

September 21, 2009


Legendary whistleblower Daniel Ellsberg, the former analyst who released the Pentagon Papers during the Vietnam War, offered some well-timed advice┬áSunday when he appeared on NPR’s On the Media. In an interview with host Brooke Gladstone, he urged government insiders to leak information about a potential build-up of U.S. troops in Afghanistan:

“There are a lot of people looking at estimates that are being withheld from the public … They should ask themselves, did my oath to uphold and support the Constitution really permit me to keep quiet when I see the public being lied to?

“I’m sure there are many people in the Pentagon and the CIA and the White House who are in my shoes right now. My advice to them is, don’t do what I did, don’t reveal it six years from now, don’t wait till the escalation has occurred. Instead, they should do what I wish I had done in 1965, which is to the tell the public what I believed right then: That my president was making a terrible mistake, that Congress should hold hearings, Congress should demand the truth and Congress should set him straight.”

Less than 24 hours later, Ellsberg’s contemporary Bob Woodward had this scoop:

The top U.S. and NATO commander in Afghanistan warns in an urgent, confidential assessment of the war that he needs more forces within the next year and bluntly states that without them, the eight-year conflict “will likely result in failure,” according to a copy of the 66-page document obtained by The Washington Post.

More troops or Afghan war lost: U.S. commander

Full audio of Ellsberg’s On the Media segment:


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There’s something happening here; what it is ain’t exactly clear…Sound familiar? I hope the war does fail. Maybe that’ll teach all the warmongers a lesson or two. Nah, they’ll find somewhere else to send our troops, most likely Iran. When is America going to learn to mind its own business and quit meddling in other countries’ affairs! Ever since America emerged the victor from the Spanish-American War of 1898 it has constantly been making a nuisance of itself; invading sovereign nations, bullying and intimidating other countries, taking sides in international disputes, giving unwanted and unsolicited opinions to other leaders, and selling arms to warring countries. No wonder the United States is the most hated nation on earth! Hell, what do you expect? It’s time for all citizens to let their congressmen and senators know that enough is enough. America needs to remove all bases and troops from every country around the globe. Sending troops on a globetrotting mission is not making America any safer. If any troops serving in Afghanistan are reading this, I encourage you to lay your weapons down and walk away. Tell Obama, NATO, and your commander where they can stick their war.

Posted by Mufaso | Report as abusive

where was this guy from 2000-2008. it is common knowledge thay the military will always need fresh and more troops during any campaign.soo this report is no surprise. Our country made more enemys from 2000-2008 than ever before.When will political hacks stop tying to tell us “heyy!! look out for this guy””. because if I havent heard from you at all till now. You have a different reason bringing this before us like he is some kinda whistle blower again.The fact is there is soo much corporate influence in the media, they don’t even do a good job of hiding it.

Posted by mike | Report as abusive