Daniel Ellsberg, the man who leaked the Pentagon Papers in 1971, fully approves of Edward Snowden's leak about a top secret National Security Agency surveillance program.
“I think he’s done an enormous service, incalculable service,” Ellsberg said Sunday night on CNN. As for the surveillance program, Ellsberg said, “I have no doubt that this violates the Fourth Amendment of the Constitution and probably other parts of the Bill of Rights and should have been exposed.”
In 1971, Ellsberg, a former U.S. military analyst employed by the Rand Corporation, gave the Pentagon Papers to both The New York Times and The Washington Post. The papers included classified documents about the Vietnam War.
Ellsberg said Snowden's actions were essential to protect democracy. “It gives us a chance, I think, from drawing back from the total surveillance state that we could say we’re in process of becoming, I’m afraid we have become.”