Daniel Ellsberg: "The United Stasi of America." - NSA leaks

"Edward Snowden's decision tohttp://www.theverge.com/2013/6/6/4403328/leaked-verizon-nsa-surveillance-court-order
from the National Security Agency (NSA) has drawn praise from Daniel
Ellsberg, the former military analyst responsible for leaking the
Pentagon Papers more than four decades ago. In a piece www.guardian.co.uk/commentisfree/2013/jun/10/edward-snowden-,
Ellsberg hailed Snowden's leak as the most important in US history,
arguing that it has exposed an "executive coup" against the US

"The NSA, FBI and CIA have, with the new digital technology, surveillance powers over our own citizens that the Stasi
– the secret police in the former 'democratic republic' of East Germany
– could scarcely have dreamed of," Ellsberg writes. "Snowden reveals
that the so-called intelligence community has become the United Stasi of

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