Noam Chomsky: WikiLeaks Cables Reveal"Profound Hatred for Democracy on the Part of OurPolitical Leadership"
By Noam Chomsky and Amy Goodman, Democracy Now!Posted on November 30, 2010, Printed on December 1, 2010http://www.alternet.org/story/149032/
Video of Amy Goodman's interview with Noam Chomsky at the bottom of this article.
For reaction to the WikiLeaks documents, we’re joined by worldrenowned political dissident and linguist Noam Chomsky, Professor Emeritus atMassachusetts Institute of Technology, author of over a hundred books including his latest
Hopes and Prospects
. Forty years ago, Noam and Howard Zinn helped governmentwhistleblower Daniel Ellsberg edit and release the Pentagon Papers that top-secret internalU.S. history of the Vietnam War.Noam Chomsky joins us from Boston... Before we talk about WikiLeaks, what was yourinvolvement in the Pentagon Papers? I don’t think most people know about this.
Dan and I were friends. Tony Russo, who also who preparedthem and helped leak them. I got advanced copies from Dan and Tony and there wereseveral people who were releasing them to the press. I was one of them. Then I- alongwith Howard Zinn as you mentioned- edited a volume of essays and indexed the papers.
So explain how, though, how it worked. I always think this isimportant- to tell this story- especially for young people. Dan Ellsberg- Pentagon official,top-secret clearance- gets this U.S. involvement in Vietnam
out of his safe, heXerox’s it and then how did you get your hands on it? He just directly gave it to you?
From Dan Ellsberg and Tony Russo, who had done the Xeroxingand the preparation of the material.
How much did you edit?
Well, we did not modify anything. The papers were not edited.They were in their original form. What Howard Zinn and I did was -- they came out in fourvolumes -- we prepared a fifth volume, which was critical essays by many scholars on thepapers, what they mean, the significance and so on. And an index, which is almostindispensable for using them seriously. That’s the fifth volume in the Beacon Press series.
So you were then one of the first people to see the Pentagon
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