Pentagon Papers. A CIA map of dissident activities in Indochina published as part of the Pentagon papers The Pentagon Papers, officially titled United States – Vietnam Relations, 1945–1967: A Study Prepared by the Department of Defense, is a United States Department of Defense history of the United States' political-military involvement in Vietnam from 1945 to 1967.
Daniel Ellsberg. Daniel Ellsberg (born April 7, 1931) is a former United States military analyst who, while employed by the RAND Corporation, precipitated a national political controversy in 1971 when he released the Pentagon Papers, a top-secret Pentagon study of U.S. government decision-making in relation to the Vietnam War, to The New York Times and other newspapers.
He was awarded the Right Livelihood Award in 2006. He is also known for popularising part of decision theory, the Ellsberg paradox (postulated before by John Maynard Keynes in 1921). Early life and career Ellsberg was born in Chicago on April 7, 1931, the son of Adele D. (née Charsky) and Harry Ellsberg. His parents were Ashkenazi Jews who had converted to Christian Science, and he was raised in a Christian Science atmosphere. Ellsberg attended Harvard University on a scholarship, graduating with an A.B. in economics in 1952, summa cum laude. After serving in Vietnam, Ellsberg resumed working at RAND. No one who's been paying attention should be surprised by the WikiLeaks documents about the war in Afghanistan. - By Fred Kaplan. Just because some documents are classified doesn't mean that they're news or even necessarily interesting.
A case in point is the cache of 92,000 secret documents about the Afghanistan war that someone leaked to WikiLeaks, which passed them on to the New York Times, Britain's Guardian, and Der Spiegel in Germany. All three published several of these documents—presumably the highlights—in today's editions. Daniel Ellsberg describes Afghan war logs as on a par with 'Pentagon Papers' Daniel Ellsberg, a former US military analyst, has described the disclosure of the Afghan war logs as on the scale of his leaking of the "Pentagon Papers" in 1971 revealing how the US public was misled about the Vietnam war.
"An outrageous escalation of the war is taking place," he said. "Look at these cables and see if they give anybody the occasion to say the answer is 'resources''. He added: "After $300bn and 10 years, the Taliban is stronger than they have ever been … We are recruiting for them. " However, the equivalent of the Pentagon Papers on Afghanistan – top secret papers relating to policy – had yet to be leaked, he said. People could read the logs to discover what they now need to ask, such as what their money was being spent on, he said. The New Pentagon Papers: WikiLeaks Releases 90,000+ Secret Military Documents Painting Devastating Picture of Afghanistan War.
This is a rush transcript.
Copy may not be in its final form. AMY GOODMAN: It’s one the biggest leaks in US military history. More than 90,000 internal records from US military actions in Afghanistan over the past six years have been published by the whistleblower website WikiLeaks. The documents provide a devastating portrait of the war in Afghanistan, revealing how coalition forces have killed hundreds of civilians in unreported incidents, how a secret black ops special forces unit hunts down targets for assassination or detention without trial, how Taliban attacks have soared, and how Pakistan is fueling the insurgency. WikiLeaks made the files available this week to the New York Times, The Guardian of London and the German weekly Der Spiegel, who agreed simultaneously to publish their reports on Sunday. The documents, most of them classified as secret, give a blow-by-blow account of the war in Afghanistan between January 2004 and December of 2009.
But it’s really the extent of it. Wikileaks' Afghanistan War Log vs. the Pentagon Papers. Pause for a moment before accepting the comparison that Wikileaks founder Julian Assange makes between his release of more than 90,000 secret military documents about the Afghan fighting to that of the Pentagon Papers back in 1971.
In his interview with The Guardian, Assange said, "The nearest analogue is the Pentagon Papers that exposed how the United States was prosecuting the war in Vietnam. " There are some major differences. In the first place, the Pentagon Papers was a top secret history of the U.S. political and military involvement in Vietnam from 1945 through 1967 ordered by then-Defense Secretary Robert S.
McNamara which was pulled together by military historians. In its initial articles, The New York Times focused on the credibility gap the Pentagon Papers disclosed between what Presidents Lyndon Johnson and Richard Nixon had said publicly about the U.S. involvement in Vietnam, and what was being said privately. One thing will be the same. Ellsberg: ‘These documents are not the Pentagon Papers’