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  • It is a tribute to the American people that our leaders perceived that they had to lie to us, it is not a tribute to us that we were so easily misled.

    Lying   People   Leader  
    "Blowback Strikes US" by Larry Mosqueda, www.counterpunch.org. September 18, 2001.
  • But it is important always to keep in mind that the danger of harming humans is not connected only or even mainly with telling secrets, there can be great danger in keeping secrets.

    Live Chat with Ellsberg and Filmmakers, www.pbs.org. October 5, 2010.
  • I found draft resistors very conscientious, reasonable, and not fanatics.

  • Only we, the public, can force our representatives to reverse their abdication of the war powers that the Constitution gives exclusively to the Congress.

    War   Hero   Giving  
  • We need the courage to face the truth about what we are doing in the world and act responsibly to change it.

    Needs   World   Faces  
  • Nixon did have a secret plan, and I knew that it involved making threats of nuclear war to North Vietnam.

    War   Ghouls   Secret  
  • It's true that most people find it far more comfortable to trust an authority than to have their faith questioned.

    Live Chat with Ellsberg and Filmmakers, www.pbs.org. October 5, 2010.
  • There are two types of courage involved with what I did. When it comes to picking up a rifle, millions of people are capable of doing that, as we see in Iraq or Vietnam. But when it comes to risking their careers, or risking being invited to lunch by the establishment, it turns out that's remarkably rare.

    Hero   Careers   Two  
  • The courage we need is not the fortitude to be obedient in the service of an unjust war, to help conceal lies, to do our job for a boss who has usurped power and is acting as an outlaw government. It is the courage at last to face honestly the truth and reality of what we are doing in the world and act responsibly to change it.

    Jobs   War   Lying  
  • The fact is that when it comes to judgment as to what should be secret and what should not be secret, Julian Assange's judgment has been pretty good so far.

    Beauty   Hero   Secret  
    CNN Larry King Live, transcripts.cnn.com. July 26, 2010.
  • Obama is making a choice now that will lead to the deaths of many thousands of civilians in Afghanistan by American hands. By ordinary standards of presidents, he is a decent man. But those standards aren't good enough. He's in a position either to kill or not to kill, and he's made the decision to kill.

    Men   Hands   Choices  
  • If there's another 9/11 or a major war in the Middle-East involving a U.S. attack on Iran, I have no doubt that there will be, the day after or within days an equivalent of a Reichstag fire decree that will involve massive detentions in this country.

    Country   War   Hero  
  • It is urgent to prevent new U.S. aggression. The time is now for the world to say 'no' to U.S. threats of air attack against Iran, and to the very notion of a nuclear first-use 'option' by America or any other nation.

    Air   Iran   America  
  • If monarchy is corrupting - and it is - wait till you see what overt empire does to us.

    Hero   Waiting   Doe  
  • For an American to be patriotic is to be loyal to the principles of our Constitution, and the First Amendment. The truth is that the policies of the government is sometimes in conflict with that. In our country, patriotism should not be defined as obedience to an authority.

    "The Most Dangerous Man in America: Daniel Ellsberg and the Pentagon Papers". PBS Live Chat, www.pbs.org. October 5, 2010.
  • The effect of that is to poison the flow of information to the President himself and to create a situation where a President can be almost, to use a metaphor, psychotically divorced from the realities in which he is acting.

    Daniel Ellsberg (1972). “Papers on the war”, Pocket
  • President Johnson put destroyers in harm's way in the Tonkin Gulf not only once, but several times, with the, with a lot of his people hoping that it would lead to a confrontation and claiming that it had. And could have resulted in the lost of many lives in the course of it.

    People   President   Way  
  • It's naive and even irresponsible for a grownup today to get her or his information about foreign policy and war and peace exclusively from the administration in power. It's essential to have other sources of information, to check those against one's own common sense, and to form your own judgment as to whether we ought to go to or persist in war.

  • My activities, for which I gratefully accept this Award, are today what they have been for over thirty-five years and will be for the rest of my life: to counter governmental secrecy about the nuclear arms race that threatens the survival of life on earth; and to help build a world movement that will prevent a first use since Nagasaki of nuclear explosions, prevent or end interventions that could lead to such an event, and bring about a world free of nuclear weapons.

    Awards   Race   Years  
  • There should be at least one leak like the Pentagon Papers every year.

    Hero   Years   Paper  
  • You needn't think there is nothing you can do-you can tell the truth.

  • There are some things that should not be leaked without authorization.

  • I agree that there are things that should be kept secret.

    "Julian Assange & Daniel Ellsberg on Wikileaks". "Larry King Live", www.realclearpolitics.com. July 26, 2010.
  • Those of us who finally saw through the Vietnam war saw through this war, and all the actions that were necessary to end the Vietnam war will be necessary here. I think the American people will get us out of this war.

    War   Thinking   People  
    "War Protesters Arrested Near Bush Ranch", www.foxnews.com. November 23, 2005.
  • I felt that as an American citizen, as a responsible citizen, I could no longer cooperate in concealing this information from the American public. I did this clearly at my own jeopardy and I am prepared to answer to all the consequences of this decision.

  • We were young, we were foolish, we were arrogant, but we were right.

    "'The Sixties: The Years That Shaped a Generation'". The Washington Post Live Q&As, www.washingtonpost.com. September 29, 2005.
  • I voted for Obama and I will probably vote for him again, as opposed to the Republicans. But I believe his administration in some key aspects is nothing other than the third term of the Bush administration.

    Source: www.spiegel.de
  • WikiLeaks serves as a back-up for those who want to tell the truth about the inner workings of government when the mainstream media is not willing or taking too long to publish.

    Government   Media   Long  
    "The Most Dangerous Man in America: Daniel Ellsberg and the Pentagon Papers". PBS Live Chat, www.pbs.org. October 5, 2010.
  • Truth-telling to Congress and the public is not disloyal in America: it is an expression of the higher loyalty officials owe to the Constitution, the rule of law, and the sovereign public. It is a courageous, patriotic, and effective way to serve our country. The time to speak out is now.

    Loyalty   Country   Time  
  • My feelings of revulsion and foreboding about nuclear weapons had not changed an iota since 1945, and they have never left me. Since I was 14, the overriding objective of my life has been to prevent the occurrence of nuclear war.

    War   Feelings   Nuclear  
    "Hiroshima Day: America Has Been Asleep at the Wheel for 64 Years" by Daniel Ellsberg, www.huffingtonpost.com. September 6, 2009.
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    Daniel Ellsberg

    • Born: April 7, 1931