Odd Timing: As State Department Condemns Wikileaks, It's Promoting A Movie Celebrating Daniel Ellsberg & The Pentagon Papers

from the mass-confusion dept

Last month, we noted the hilarious timing in which the State Department announced it was hosting world press freedom day, at the same time it was screaming about the evils of the press in revealing the leaked State Department cables. It appears that the State Department still hasn't quite figured out how to be consistent on these issues. As it continues to slam Wikileaks... it's also promoting a new documentary celebrating Daniel Ellsberg for leaking the Pentagon Papers:
Amid its struggle to contain damage from the WikiLeaks revelations, the State Department announced Saturday that "The Most Dangerous Man in America: Daniel Ellsberg and the Pentagon Papers" has been selected as one of 18 films that will tour the world this year as part of its "American Documentary Showcase" program.

Ellsberg, whom the film portrays as a whistleblower of conscience, has been a champion of Pfc. Bradley E. Manning, the alleged leaker of the documents who is currently jailed. He has also spoken in defence of WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange, who may also face charges for publishing classified information.
I'd argue that the left-hand at the State Department isn't talking to the right-hand very much, but perhaps that's just because of the new policies put in place to keep all State Department communications more secret to avoid future leaks.


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    Hephaestus (profile), Jan 21st, 2011 @ 9:37am

    One Word I Think It Is ....

    IRONY

     

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    :Lobo Santo (profile), Jan 21st, 2011 @ 9:44am

    Re: One Word I Think It Is ....

    Iron's cool and all, but I always kinda liked

    BRASSY!

     

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    Dark Helmet (profile), Jan 21st, 2011 @ 9:50am

    Re: Re: One Word I Think It Is ....

    Yeah, graphitey would have been cool, except that for some reason it conjures the image of a sly and incredibly whorish Greek Goddess....

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Jan 21st, 2011 @ 10:00am

    Of course, history is retrospective. These State Department officials are celebrating what was certifiably a turning point in history.

    They won't stop condemning Wikileaks until it and its culture become enshrined in popular media like the Pentagon Papers did.

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Jan 21st, 2011 @ 10:01am

    Perhaps that Ellsberg's situation was focuses, rather than just being a massive dump of data out of frustration?

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Jan 21st, 2011 @ 10:02am

    yes folks right this way

    we have in this corner a leaked buch of pentagon papers that changed a war, and in this other corner we have the man that exposed the continuation of said corruption pissing off the powers that be.

    DING DING DING.
    haha....
    the referee will be president obama ( and hollywood )
    and the coaches respectfully are the corpses of Nixon and mister Kennedy. TWO fine examples of American politics.

    NO ONE trusts YOU EVER AGAIN and now YOU CANT even pretend like you can be.

     

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    Hephaestus (profile), Jan 21st, 2011 @ 10:12am

    Re: Re: Re: One Word I Think It Is ....

    Yeah, she does sleep around quite a bit ... I should know ;) Give me a muse any day of the week.

     

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    Rose M. Welch (profile), Jan 21st, 2011 @ 12:20pm

    Ironically, the Pentagon Papers are still classified.

     

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    Rose M. Welch (profile), Jan 21st, 2011 @ 12:23pm

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    Perhaps that Ellsberg's situation was focuses...

    So far as we can tell, this leak has been focused, as well. Specifically, on government corruption and censorship.

    ...rather than just being a massive dump of data...

    As I pointed out to someone else yesterday, the Pentagon Papers consist of 47 volumes, all of which are still classified. The size of the leak doesn't invalidate it.

    ...out of frustration?

    Right now, we don't even have confirmation of who leaked those documents, so how do you know what their intent was?

     

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    Bruce Ediger (profile), Jan 21st, 2011 @ 3:30pm

    Where are the Trolls!?!?

    Why no trolls on this subject?

    We get all those Anonymous Coward and average_joe trolls on music industry articles, but none on articles about the potentially game changing Wikileaks.

     

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    Jose_X, Jan 21st, 2011 @ 3:54pm

    Super Top Secret Tripply Classified: Access Denied

    Outsourcing to wikileaks, our government finally came up with an efficient method of having the right hand communicate with the left hand.

     

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    techflaws.org (profile), Jan 21st, 2011 @ 10:18pm

    Re:

    out of frustration?

    Are you a robot or what other reaction than frustration do you have concerning a government that's constantly been lying to everyone and abusing it's power?

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Jan 21st, 2011 @ 10:45pm

    Re: Where are the Trolls!?!?

    Maybe they're suffering from Wikileaks fatigue and have yet to settle in for the long haul.

     

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    Rose M. Welch (profile), Jan 22nd, 2011 @ 1:08am

    Re: Where are the Trolls!?!?

    I don't think that average_joe is a troll. I think he honestly disagrees.

     

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