US Daniel Ellsberg: Nixon White House Wanted to 'Shut Me Up'

04:06  20 june  2017
04:06  20 june  2017 Source:   NBC News

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Daniel Ellsberg , the former military analyst who leaked the Pentagon Papers, says he knew President Richard Nixon 's White House wanted to " shut me up ."

In a Democracy Now! broadcast exclusive we are joined by two figures who played central roles in the fall of President Richard Nixon and the Watergate scandal of a generation ago, John Dean and Daniel Ellsberg . Dean served as President Nixon 's chief counsel.

Image: Daniel Ellsberg, co-defendant in the Pentagon Papers case, talks to media outside the Federal Building in Los Angeles in April 28, 1973.© Daniel Ellsberg, co-defendant in the Pentagon Papers case, talks to media outside the Federal Buildi... Image: Daniel Ellsberg, co-defendant in the Pentagon Papers case, talks to media outside the Federal Building in Los Angeles in April 28, 1973.

Daniel Ellsberg, the former military analyst who leaked the Pentagon Papers, says he knew President Richard Nixon's White House wanted to "shut me up."

That is why he was not surprised to learn that Watergate prosecutors had evidence that Nixon's operatives planned a physical assault on anti-war demonstrators in 1972, according to a never-before-seen memo obtained by NBC News and released Sunday night.

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Recently, I met with Daniel Ellsberg , now 81, at his house in the hills above Berkeley, California, to get the “Would the plumbers group have been formed if they hadn’t wanted Ellsberg ’s file? Probably not.” This humble filing cabinet, he says, “was the beginning of the end of the Nixon presidency.”

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READ: Prosecutors' Memo on "Investigation Into The Assault On Anti-War Demonstrators On May 3, 1972"

"They used to say nobody got hurt in Watergate," Ellsberg, 86, who lives in Berkeley, Calif., told NBC News in a phone interview on Monday evening. "That was not because they didn't try."

He added, "It's been in my head for 40 years. That was a time when they wanted me to shut up."

The document, an 18-page 1973 investigative memorandum from the Watergate Special Prosecution Force, sheds new light on how prosecutors were looking into attempts at domestic political violence by Nixon aides — an extremely serious charge.

NBC News published the memo, and an accompanying memo about an interview prosecutors did with Republican operative Roger Stone, as part of its special coverage for the 45th anniversary of the Watergate break-in.

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Richard Nixon , according to a transcript of a White House tape recording that was made public during the 1974 After a moment or two, the aide says, Kissinger resignedly "walked into his office and shut the door. Haig's first known involvement in the White House 's campaign against Daniel Ellsberg

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In May 1972, Ellsberg wrote in his memoirs, the White House had flown "Cuban-American CIA 'assets' from Miami to Washington to disrupt a rally that I and others were addressing on the steps of the Capitol," with orders "to incapacitate [me] totally."

Nixon officials denied that account, however, and there were never any indictments related to the accusation.

Ellsberg told NBC News on Monday that he is "dubious" the intent was to kill him.

"I think it was meant to silence me for at least a couple weeks," Ellsberg said, adding that he believes he was meant to be seriously injured but not killed.

The memo, written on June 5, 1975, by Watergate special prosecutor Nick Akerman, provides some contemporaneous support for Ellsberg's allegation that he was targeted.

It states that "an extensive investigation" found evidence that Nixon operatives plotted an "assault on antiwar demonstrators" at a rally at the U.S. Capitol featuring Ellsberg and other anti-war "notables." The anti-war demonstration occurred near a viewing of recently deceased FBI Director J. Edgar Hoover.

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An accompanying memo by Akerman summarizes his interview with Stone, who said he helped organize young Republicans to join the counter-demonstration but who had no apparent knowledge of the White House plot on Ellsberg.

The attack would be on "long-haired demonstrators, in particular Ellsberg," the prosecutors' memo states, with the objectives of impugning Ellsberg for protesting near to Hoover lying in state and "simply having Ellsberg beaten up."

For reasons that remain unclear, the attackers did not reach Ellsberg that day, Akerman said.

Ellsberg said on Monday that he was glad to see the publication of the memo after decades.

"I knew all along that I was telling a true story here," he said. "Without documents, it's very hard to convince people that the president has even lied, let alone broken the law, let alone committed what was an assault — even though it didn't succeed."

Ellsberg, a prominent activist and advocate for whistleblowers, added that some people seemed skeptical when he suggested, a few years ago, NSA leaker Edward Snowden might somehow be harmed.

"But I was the subject of a White House hit squad under Nixon," Ellsberg said, "so I've been there."


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