Ellsberg Defends Snowden For Fleeing: ‘The Country I Stayed In Was A Different America’

July 8, 2013 3:07 a.m.

Daniel Ellsberg, the former military analyst who faced espionage charges for releasing the Pentagon Papers in 1971, wrote Sunday in The Washington Post that National Security Agency leaker Edward Snowden made the right decision when he opted to flee the United States. 

Snowden has faced criticism from some who have contended that the 30-year-old former government contractor should remained in the United States and faced legal action, much like Ellsberg did decades ago.

“Many people compare Edward Snowden to me unfavorably for leaving the country and seeking asylum, rather than facing trial as I did,” Ellsberg wrote. “I don’t agree. The country I stayed in was a different America, a long time ago.”

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