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Assange Gets Support From Another Famous Leaker: Daniel Ellsberg

  • Ellsberg sees close similarities with WikiLeaks’ Assange
  • Ellsberg recalls his trial after publishing Pentagon Papers
Daniel Ellsberg speaks at press conference in 1971.
Daniel Ellsberg speaks at press conference in 1971.Source: Bettmann/Getty Images

Julian Assange got the support of Daniel Ellsberg, the source behind the Pentagon Papers, who told a London court that the WikiLeaks founder won’t get a fair trial in the U.S.

Ellsberg said that Assange’s publication of thousands of American cables and war logs was of “comparable importance” to that of the Pentagon Papers -- a secret government study on the Vietnam War. The 89-year-old was backing Assange’s bid to avoid extradition.