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*Ellsberg Calls for Leaks * Presidential Debate Preview


Currently on the west coast, Ellsberg is available for a limited number of interviews. Today’s New York Times features an op-ed by Ellsberg titled “Truths Worth Telling” in which he writes: “Surely there are officials in the present administration who recognize that the United States has been misled into a war in Iraq, but who have so far kept their silence — as I long did about the war in Vietnam. To them I have a personal message: don’t repeat my mistakes. Don’t wait until more troops are sent, and thousands more have died, before telling truths that could end a war and save lives. Do what I wish I had done in 1964: go to the press, to Congress, and document your claims.” Author of the book Secrets: A Memoir of Vietnam and the Pentagon Papers, Ellsberg faced 115 years on 12 felony counts in 1971 for leaking the Pentagon Papers.
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Also available for a limited number of interviews, McGovern is one of the signatories with Ellsberg to a recent statement, “A Call to Patriotic Whistleblowing,” available at the above web address. McGovern is a 27-year veteran of the CIA.
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The first presidential debate scheduled for Thursday will focus on foreign policy. Middle East editor for Foreign Policy in Focus and author of the book Tinderbox: U.S. Middle East Policy and the Roots of Terrorism, Professor Zunes has written a series of articles contrasting the foreign policy of Bush and Kerry, most recently: “Kerry vs. Bush: A Humphrey-Nixon Redux?”
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For more information, contact at the Institute for Public Accuracy:
Sam Husseini, (202) 347-0020; or David Zupan, (541) 484-9167