|Bradley Manning finally allowed to speak|
In 1971, Daniel Ellsberg, a top military strategist working for the RAND Corporation (a Santa Monica thinktank), leaked a 7,000-page document known as the "Pentagon Papers" to the New York Times. Like Pfc. Bradley Manning and WikiLeaks today, disenchanted with the US's immoral and illegal conduct in Vietnam, Ellsberg believed the release of the top secret paper -- which outlined the "secret history" of the war -- was crucial to educating the public about our government's lies and misdeeds. This documentary chronicles the media and political frenzy Ellsberg unleashed, and it traces the effect of the leak on public perception of both the war and the White House.
Indeed, while brave Americans such as Martin Luther King Jr., Henry David Thoreau, Susan B. Anthony, Rosa Parks, and Harriet Tubman are lauded as heroic today, they were once considered enemies of the state.
"The war against Bradley Manning is a war against us all."
- Chris Hedges, author and journalist
"I wanted the American public to know that not everyone in Iraq and Afghanistan are targets that needed to be neutralized, but rather people who were struggling to live in the pressure cooker environment of what we call asymmetric warfare."
- Bradley Manning
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