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Whistleblower Daniel Ellsberg earned the ire of US officials when he released the Pentagon Papers in 1971. In a new interview, the former military analyst discusses how Washington’s global, covert operations incite violence.

The Pentagon Papers caused uproar when they were first published. Revealing the United States’ involvement in secretly bombing Cambodia and Laos during the Vietnam War, Ellsberg was charged under the Espionage Act for leaking the report to the New York Times.

In a series of interviews with MintPress News, Ellsberg describes how the United States used covert operations in both Vietnam and Cuba to "provoke a response."

"This was two years after the Cuban missile crisis, which is to say two years after the largest covert operation in CIA history against Cuba," he tells activist Arn Menconi. "These were the same people doing it, and pretty much for the same reason: to provoke a response by our adversaries that would give us an excuse to invade them."

"Sabotage, assassination, kidnapping, shelling, all of this was done…"

Ellsberg is referring to the Bay of Pigs invasion. While US officials maintained that a paramilitary group of Cuban revolutionaries was behind the invasion, Ellsberg insists that the militants were "100% CIA controlled."

The United States still has covert forces operating in over 100 countries around the globe, including Syria, Iraq, and number of countries across Africa.

A chair is pictured on stage as former US National Security Agency contractor Edward Snowden.
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A military veteran and former strategic analyst with the RAND Corporation, Ellsberg leaked the top secret documents that later became known as the Pentagon Papers while working for the US Department of Defense.

Working as an assistant to Assistant Secretary of Defense for International Security Affairs, Ellsberg says his job was to find a pretext to escalate the Vietnam War.

Henry Kissinger, secretary of state at the time, referred to Ellsberg as “the most dangerous man in America” over his role as a prominent whistleblower.

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  • Baybars
    Be very carefull Mr Putin and Mr. Lavrov!!!
  • Mitach2002
    Terrorist American government.
  • cast235
    Near all governments have special forces in other countries. Except Kenya.
  • peaceactivist2
    1) war make money; 2) war shown power; 3) those initiated war has no son daughter at front line; 4) war gain experiences, and war to improve war equipments.
  • tony p
    Nothing has changed.
  • Ann
    This page is malfunctioning too. When you first click on a thumbs up, it registers a -1, then you have to click on thumbs up again to go back to zero. Someone please fox the votes function.
  • Ann in reply tocast235(Show commentHide comment)
    cast235, Sure, but how many of them are actively planning/trying to overthrow those governments? That activity should be banned by the UN and made punishable under international law.
  • gwelch
    More Americans are learning how much death and suffering has been caused by their country throughout the world in their name, but without their knowledge. Thankfully Russia has had enough of this and has rebuilt their Military to hopefully put a stop to to US aggression with the return of the threat of nuclear mutual distraction. We are tired of our warmongers gambling with our lives in their quest to control the world.
  • art
    How convenient. We have all these khazar neo-Bolshevik Trotskyites foaming at the mouth and point to a country to invade dawn to dusk in the Jew owned media, one after another, and on the other hand, to make sure no body notices who is behind all of this, we have the same khazar zionists who act as progressive liberals, humanists, and whistle blowers who tell us who to blame, and of course, the shocker, its not the Jews.

    Ellsberg, chomsky, Finkelstein, Hersh, Atzmon, .... they are all entourages guiding the thought process of the unsuspecting gentiles towards the same cliff.
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