I had the pleasure of chatting with Daniel Ellsberg, who risked his career and freedom by releasing the Pentagon Papers in the early 1970s, over the last few days. His speech at the Future of Freedom Foundation conference was superb. Karen Kwiatkowski declared that the last 7 minutes of his speech should be put up on YouTube.com as soon as possible – since it is so inspiring and timely. I vigorously encouraged Ellsberg and Kwiatkowski to co-author an op-ed calling for whistleblowers to expose far more lies on Iraq and the possible war with Iran.
Ellsberg brings a historical perspective that is almost unique in today’s anti-war movement. He said that the press rolling over for the government is nothing new – it was true back in the 1970s.
Ellsberg mentioned that he asked a New York Times columnist why the Times was so soft on Henry Kissinger, Nixon’s Secretary of State and National Security Advisor. The columnist said, “There is nothing that a [New York Times Washington] bureau chief can deliver [to the top editors in New York] that is more important than a lunch with Kissinger. If he can do that, his job is made – and if he can’t….”
There are lots of fascinating folks attending the conference – plenty of good conversation – and lots of laughs in the bar and out in front of the hotel (where the smokers congregate, since the entire hotel is non-smoking).
I’m exiting to hear Ron Paul’s speech now.