Ari Melber of MSNBC had the opportunity to interview Daniel Ellsberg to discuss Trump’s concerning attitude toward the whistleblower that came forward about the Ukraine call.
The President has demanded to know the identity of the whistleblower and likened them to a spy.
In the interview, Ellsberg calls Trump a “domestic enemy,” and says he is “absolutely sure” that there are others with information to share. He tells them to come forward saying it’s “not too late.”
Daniel Ellsberg is the military strategist that released the Pentagon Papers in 1971 which showed that the U.S. government had been misleading the general public about the war in Vietnam.
The Pentagon Papers was 7,000 pages of what Ellsberg referred to as “the evidence of a quarter-century of aggression, broken treaties, deceptions, stolen elections, lies and murder.” After attempts to give the papers to various congressmen, Ellsberg leaked them to the New York Times.
The NYT was hit with an injunction to stop printing the papes, so Ellsberg gave copies to 15 other news outlets including the Washington Post. He was charged with theft and conspiracy (dismissed as a mistrial), and he was branded a traitor at the time. Now, he is considered a hero for risking his career and freedom.