Whistleblowers alert: Daniel Ellsberg requests leaks on Afghanistan, Iraq and North Korea
US whistleblower Daniel Ellsberg, who helped end the Vietnam War by releasing the so-called Pentagon Papers, has told RT that there may be similar documents on Afghanistan and Iraq. He is calling on whistleblowers to end those wars and prevent one with North Korea.
In 1971, Ellsberg exposed the secret history of the Vietnam War when he leaked the Pentagon Papers – a study of US-Vietnam relations from 1945 to 1967 – to the New York Times and Washington Post, as well as other newspapers. The documents detailed a pattern of deception around Vietnam, which spanned several successive presidential administrations, before the war even began.
In an exclusive interview with RT America’s Sean Stone, Ellsberg says the US government most likely has similar documents about the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq. “I suspect there is a lot of history of that written in CIA and White House annals,” Ellsberg told RT, adding that the war in Afghanistan “doesn’t just go back to 2001 or 2002, it goes back to 1979.”
Ellsberg cited former President Jimmy Carter’s National Security Advisor Zbigniew Brzezinski, who revealed in his memoirs how the US “deliberately instigated attacks” on the pro-Soviet Afghan regime in 1979 in order to “bring in Soviet intervention into the war, like ours in Vietnam.” About a million Afghans died as a result of the Carter administration’s support for Islamic fundamentalists, intended to give the USSR “their Vietnam,” Ellsberg told RT.
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