On the same day that President Obama and his advisors declared that the United States is "on track" in Afghanistan, hundreds of anti-war protesters gathered outside the White House to voice their dissent.
Among the protesters was Daniel Ellsberg, the former military analyst who in 1971 leaked the Pentagon's secret history of the Vietnam War to the press. At the rally today he spoke in support of WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange and Bradley Manning, the Army private suspected of leaking U.S. documents, for shining a light on U.S. policy and actions in Afghanistan.
"I think they provided a very valuable service. To call them terrorists is not only mistaken, it's absurd."
I talked to Daniel Ellsberg on the phone the day before he got arrested at the White House for protesting against the wars and he's very interested in coming on C&L to do a Live Chat. I have to contact him soon and we'll see. He's a real American hero for not only helping end the Vietnam War, but also brought down Richard Nixon. That was an added bonus. Anyway, I'll let you know...
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