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'Pentagon Papers' whistleblower defends WikiLeaks 'hero' Manning

Sydney , Mon, 25 Mar 2013 ANI

Sydney, Mar 25 (ANI): Former American military analyst and Pentagon Papers whistleblower Daniel Ellsberg has backed US Army private accused Bradley Manning for spilling secrets to website WikiLeaks.

Ellsberg hailed Manning, who released the Pentagon Papers, a top-secret Pentagon study of U.S. government decision-making in relation to the Vietnam War, as a champion of truth and not a betrayer of his country.

According to the Herald Sun, Ellsberg said that he would like to see Manning getting the Nobel Peace Prize, and added that he has 'significant identification with all whistleblowers'.

He even said that Manning 'deserves to be seen as a hero', the paper added.

The former military official, who will turn 82 in April, said that Bradley has done the right thing and the world would need this kind of revelation frequently.

The Pentagon Papers were published in full in June 2011, 40 years after then US military analyst Ellsberg slipped excerpts of the classified report to the media.

Ellsberg's act of defiance revealed evidence that successive US administrations had lied to the public about Vietnam. (ANI)

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