A consensus quickly emerged in the political and media class that they are Evil Villains who must be severely punished, while those responsible for the acts they revealed are guilty of nothing. That reaction has not been weakened at all even by the Pentagon’s own admission that, in stark contrast to its own actions, there is no evidence — zero — that any of WikiLeaks’ actions has caused even a single death.
In Ellsberg’s day, it took nearly a year to photocopy the 7,000-page Pentagon papers and most of another year to get excerpts published. The push-button model of WikiLeaks compresses the timeline radically and permits the universal broadcast of voluminous archives in full, so much so that leak hardly seems to suffice as a metaphor. This year’s breach of containment spilled nearly half a million documents, including 76,607 military reports from Afghanistan, 391,832 from Iraq and, beginning Nov. 28, a stream of diplomatic cables that WikiLeaks says will eventually number 251,287.
Ellsberg strongly rejects the mantra “Pentagon Papers good; WikiLeaks material bad.” He continues: “That’s just a cover for people who don’t want to admit that they oppose any and all exposure of even the most misguided, secretive foreign policy. The truth is that EVERY attack now made on WikiLeaks and Julian Assange was made against me and the release of the Pentagon Papers at the time.”
Sur ces 85 vidéos, explique Jacqueline Maguire, 56 ne montrent tout simplement pas le bâtiment du Pentagone. Sur les 29 vidéos restantes, 16 ne montrent ni le lieu du crash ni l’impact de l’avion du Vol 77 dans le Pentagone. Sur les 13 restantes, 12 montrent le Pentagone après le crash. Seul un enregistrement, correspondant aux images prises par deux caméras de surveillance situées à l’entrée d’une aire de parking attenante au Pentagone (d’où le chiffre de « 86 caméras »), montre l’impact de l’avion dans le bâtiment. Hélas, ces caméras de vidéosurveillance ne prennent qu’une seule image à la seconde et ne permettent pas de capturer une image nette du crash d’un Boeing se déplaçant à la vitesse de 240 mètres par seconde.
Shaffer, who served as a Department of Defense intelligence officer and received the Bronze Star for his duties in Afghanistan, is a well-known figure in 9/11 conspiracy circles. In 2003, he publicly accused the intelligence community of ignoring pre-Sept.11 clues about Mohammed Atta, one of the eventual hijackers. A report by the DOD Inspector General’s Office found no evidence to support Shaffer’s claims, but that hasn’t stopped Shaffer from continuing to speak out about other allegations of misconduct, making him a persistent nuisance to government secrecy efforts.