Mike Gravel on Government Secrecy and the Pentagon Papers
Hosted by Lisa Loving
Today's Guest is MIKE GRAVEL, former two-term senator from Alaska, speaking on the hypocrisy of the US government's move to make the complete Pentagon Papers collection available to the public. In 1971, Daniel Ellsberg leaked the Pentagon Papers to the New York Times as well as Senator Gravel, who late in the evening of June 29 to June 30 entered them into the Congressional Record; he was conducting a filibuster against the draft.
"It's particularly ridiculous that the government is putting out a version of the Pentagon Papers now because the government approach to Ellsberg and myself is being echoed in their approach to Bradley Manning, the alleged source of the WikiLeaks revelations. Our oaths bind us to loyalty to the Constitution and not to government officials who lie us into wars."