Daniel Ellsberg, who leaked Pentagon Papers, defends WikiLeaks

Posted: January 20, 2011 in Uncategorized

Daniel Ellsberg, who famously leaked the Pentagon Papers — the secret history of the war in Vietnam — challenged a room full of Silicon Valley movers and shakers to stand up for similar acts of transparency and defiance of the government.

In a discussion Wednesday of the whistle-blowing site WikiLeaks, Ellsberg, legal and technology experts decried how the U.S. government is cracking down on whistle-blowers both by prosecuting them and by pressuring corporations to help shut them down. The panel discussion, sponsored by the Churchill Club, was at the Santa Clara Marriott.

The Internet has become a powerful force for transparency, Ellsberg and others said, but the government is attempting to use Silicon Valley companies and technology to use the Internet to gain unparalleled information on American citizens while at the same time using similar techniques to keep its own activities opaque.

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