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Watch: Famed whistleblower battles former attorney general over Edward Snowden

Wednedsay night on PBS NewsHour, Vietnam War era whistleblower Daniel Ellsberg and former U.S. Attorney General Michael Mukasey debated the case of Edward Snowden. Ellsberg, who was tried under the Espionage Act for leaking the Pentagon Papers, said Snowden was right to leak information about the National Security Agency’s surveillance…

Daniel Ellsberg joins protest at UC Berkeley

Protesters at UC Berkeley were joined overnight Wednesday by former Defense Department official Daniel Ellsberg. The 80-year-old Ellsberg is credited with leaking the so-called Pentagon Papers to The New York Times in 1969, which revealed that the government had lied about the progress of the Vietnam war, among other things.…

Obama takes ‘unprecedented’ aim at leakers

WASHINGTON (AFP) – Elected on a promise of a more transparent government, President Barack Obama has taken “unprecedented” aim at leakers who divulge classified information to journalists, critics say. “We’ve seen the current president bringing five prosecutions so far… against people for whistleblowing, for leaks of classified information,” said Daniel…

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