Glimmer of Vietnam War Daniel Ellsberg warns of extradition of Julian Assange | Media


The man who leaked the Pentagon’s Vietnam War documents defended Julian Assange at his extradition hearing in London on Wednesday, claiming WikiLeaks had acted in the public interest and warned its founder would not get a fair trial in the United States.Australian-born Assange, 49, fights efforts to send him to the United States, where he is accused of conspiring to hack into government computers and violate a disclosure espionage law of confidential cables by WikiLeaks in 2010-2011.

Daniel Ellsberg (l) in 1973 during his trial. Photography: AP

Daniel Ellsberg, who in 1971 leaked documents known as the Pentagon Papers to the New York Times and other news outlets, told the court that the WikiLeaks revelations showed Americans how they had been misled about US action in Iraq and Afghanistan, just like its leaks, which also revealed previously secret information, did on the Vietnam War.

Ellsberg cited a US military video, published by WikiLeaks in 2010 as “Collateral Murder,” showing a 2007 attack by Apache helicopters in Baghdad that killed a dozen people, including two Reuters staff.


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