Thursday, June 17, 2010

Wikileak Case Echoes Pentagon Papers

Wikileak Case Echoes Pentagon Papers By Coleen Rowley and Robert Parry

"Though there are historic parallels between the actions of Manning today and those of Ellsberg in 1971, a major difference is the attitude of the mainstream U.S. news media, which then fought to publish Ellsberg’s secret history but now is behaving more like what former CIA analyst Ray McGovern calls the “fawning corporate media” or FCM.

In the Ellsberg case, the first Pentagon Papers article was published by the New York Times – and when President Richard Nixon blocked the Times from printing other stories – the Washington Post and 17 other newspapers picked up the torch and kept publishing articles based on Ellsberg’s material until Nixon’s obstruction was made meaningless, and ultimately was repudiated by the U.S. Supreme Court.

Today, the major response of the Times, Post and other tribunes of the FCM has been to write articles disparaging Manning, while treating Lamo as something of a patriotic hero."

It doesn't take a heckova lot of study and thought to see how completely different the "news" handled Ellsberg then verus Manning today.

Where's the fault? What's the problem?

Think back to the drum up for the war, and who led the charge.


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