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Daniel Ellsberg--the legend behind the pentagon papers--speaks about Edward Snowden, Bradley Manning, and the necessary business of government whistleblowing in this Buzzsaw interview. Mr. Ellsberg discusses the government's war on constitutional rights, information, and the media, plus if there is a worthy case for impeaching President Obama (at least, any more than there was for Bush...), as well as his own experience being persecuted by the Nixon administration. Mr. Ellsberg speaks freely and gives an uncensored or edited account of the nation with Tyrel Ventura and Sean Stone on Buzzsaw. GUEST BIO: Daniel Ellsberg worked on the top secret McNamara study of U.S. Decision-making in Vietnam, 1945-68, which later came to be known as the Pentagon Papers. In 1969, he photocopied the 7,000 page study and gave it to the Senate Foreign Relations Committee; in 1971 he gave it to the New York Times, the Washington Post and 17 other newspapers. His trial, on twelve felony counts posing a possible sentence of 115 years, was dismissed in 1973 on grounds of governmental misconduct against him, which led to the convictions of several White House aides and figured in the impeachment proceedings against President Nixon. Ellsberg is the author of three books: Papers on the War (1971), Secrets: A Memoir of Vietnam and the Pentagon Papers (2002), and Risk, Ambiguity and Decision (2001). In December 2006 he was awarded the 2006 Right Livelihood Award, known as the "Alternative Nobel Prize," in Stockholm, Sweden, ". . for putting peace and truth first, at considerable personal risk, and dedicating his life to inspiring others to follow his example." Since the end of the Vietnam War, Ellsberg has been a lecturer, writer and activist on the dangers of the nuclear era, wrongful U.S. interventions and the urgent need for patriotic whistleblowing. ADD'L LINKS: http://www.ellsberg.net Buzzsaw full episodes: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aw_kHuk8_SM&list=PLjk3H0GXhhGc7NOFr74KbOP... Buzzsaw Short Clips: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Z_E7hOvRlJ8&list=PLjk3H0GXhhGe43WJvnvzBPL... EPISODE BREAKDOWN: 00:01 Welcome to Buzzsaw. 01:18 Why the Snowden leak was as important as any leak in history. 02:43 Revoking constitutional rights by the government. 07:28 Clapper committing perjury to congress. 14:03 A government without newspapers... 16:51 Dan Rather and the government attacking the media. 20:34 Are the Obama administration's offenses impeachable? 29:39 Supporting Bradley Manning in the public. 36:25 Blowing the lid on the Iraq war. 42:00 What's worth defending. 48:00 Good reason to go abroad for Edward Snowden. 49:42 Attending the Bradley Manning trial. 55:30 The relative value of Top Secret information to the public.