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Anthony J. Russo, 71; Rand staffer helped leak Pentagon Papers
Los Angeles Times ^ | August 8, 2008 | Elaine Woo

Posted on 08/09/2008 2:07:45 PM PDT by EveningStar

Anthony J. Russo, a Rand researcher in the late 1960s who encouraged Daniel Ellsberg to leak the Pentagon Papers and stood trial with him in the Vietnam War-era case that triggered debates over freedom of the press and hastened the fall of a president, has died. He was 71.

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TOPICS: Government; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: anthonyrusso; antiamerican; communistsympathizer; danielellsberg; obituary; pentagonpapers; traitor
Anthony J. Russo, 71, Pentagon Papers Figure, Dies
1 posted on 08/09/2008 2:07:46 PM PDT by EveningStar
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To: EveningStar
Am I supposed to be weeping here? Just askin’!
2 posted on 08/09/2008 2:09:26 PM PDT by Gay State Conservative (Obama:"Ich bein ein beginner")
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To: EveningStar
a moment of silence at the democrat convention?

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3 posted on 08/09/2008 2:11:56 PM PDT by Elle Bee
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To: EveningStar

I don’t think that this will prevent him from voting for Obama in November though. That’s one of the benefits of being a registered DemocRAT.


4 posted on 08/09/2008 2:13:31 PM PDT by FlingWingFlyer ("I'm trying to save the planet!" - Nancy Pelosi ..........ROTFLMAO! What a dumbass!)
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To: EveningStar
good riddance....
where's / whatever happen to John Dean? ...
after he tried to sue G.G. Liddy for libel / slander....
G.G. didn't lose, but Dean didnt win.

5 posted on 08/09/2008 2:14:04 PM PDT by skinkinthegrass (If you aren't "advancing" your arguments,your losing "the battle of Ideas"...libs,hates the facts 8^)
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To: Gay State Conservative

His actions, along with the traitors in Congress at the time, probably did more harm to Vietnam, the Vietnamese people, Cambodia, Laos than can be imagined. All of those people have the blood of 2.5 million Southeast Asians on their hands and souls.


6 posted on 08/09/2008 2:15:00 PM PDT by Parmy
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To: EveningStar

On the bright side Russo did help expose the lies and crimes of LBJ.

And he did open up the door of Freedom of the Press just a little bit further.


7 posted on 08/09/2008 2:20:11 PM PDT by trumandogz ("He is erratic. He is hotheaded. He loses his temper and it worries me." Sen Cochran on McCain)
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To: Parmy

That’s a great post. Some of the younger folks here may wonder why so many of us who lived through that era are so bitter about this guy. It’s one of those, “You had to be there.” things.


8 posted on 08/09/2008 2:22:00 PM PDT by FlingWingFlyer ("I'm trying to save the planet!" - Nancy Pelosi ..........ROTFLMAO! What a dumbass!)
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To: Parmy
All of those people have the blood of 2.5 million Southeast Asians on their hands and souls.

AMEN!

The Marxist/Stalinist Pol Pot and the Khmer Rouge would never have been free to commit the genocidal slaughter of 2,000,000 Cambodians without their liberal enablers in the USA.

American leftists haven't learned a thing from the millions and millions killed in the name of Communism and Socialism in the last 90 years. They are always ready to help give it one more chance.


9 posted on 08/09/2008 2:36:38 PM PDT by Iron Munro (Suppose you were an idiot, and suppose you were a member of Congress; but I repeat myself.)
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To: EveningStar

Years ago, I read that what really pee-oed the CIA about the New York Times publishing the Pentagon Papers was that it tipped-off the Ruskies to the fact that Khruschev’s chauffer was a CIA agent. Of course, the Ruskies tortured and executed the man. Is there any truth to that story?


10 posted on 08/09/2008 2:45:20 PM PDT by JoeGar
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To: skinkinthegrass
whatever happen to John Dean? ...

Last I heard he was dating Keith Olbermann.
11 posted on 08/09/2008 3:05:14 PM PDT by Liberty Valance (Keep a simple manner for a happy life :o)
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To: EveningStar

Just when you start to think that all the news is bad, a little ray of sunshine appears: one less commie in the world.


12 posted on 08/09/2008 3:40:22 PM PDT by jim35 ("...when the lion and the lamb lie down together, ...we'd better damn sure be the lion")
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To: Parmy
I work with a Vietnam survivor... and she's one of the best ones.

G_d needs to roast all of those who sold out 2.5m people for their own political ambitions....

13 posted on 08/09/2008 3:45:54 PM PDT by Maigrey (Life, for a liberal, is one never-ending game of Calvinball. - giotto)
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To: Parmy

Well put.


14 posted on 08/09/2008 4:05:46 PM PDT by rlmorel (If they can call George "Dubya", we can call Barack "Hussein")
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To: EveningStar
Reading the full Times story, which I have a feeling most of the posters have so far not done, reinforces my long-held suspicion that certain government officials, as well as their contractor buddies, would rather see American troops killed in needless conflicts than tell the honest-to-gosh truth about what passes for foreign policy.

Is anyone here familiar with this episode, and can anyone refute it?

During one conversation with Ellsberg, he learned of a secret study commissioned by Defense Secretary Robert McNamara that chronicled the origins of the war. Ellsberg said that it showed that the U.S. had falsely charged North Vietnam with an act of unprovoked aggression in the Gulf of Tonkin, the basis for President Lyndon B. Johnson's broadening of U.S. involvement in the war in 1964.

Russo said that when he heard about the fabrication of the Gulf of Tonkin incident, he urged Ellsberg to "turn that over to the newspapers."


15 posted on 08/09/2008 4:15:48 PM PDT by logician2u
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To: EveningStar

He leaked the Pentagon Papers and sold his soul to the Devil Democrats. Now the real Devil will probably have him leaking in his britches for eternity.


16 posted on 08/09/2008 4:39:51 PM PDT by ghostrider
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To: logician2u

Yes. I’ve heard this. I don’t know if that part is true or not. I do know that the government mislead us.


17 posted on 08/09/2008 4:47:31 PM PDT by EveningStar
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To: EveningStar

Awwwwwwwwww. Just darn. ho hum


18 posted on 08/09/2008 5:39:04 PM PDT by dbacks (Should we really elect a man that would not be allowed to be an airport baggage screener?)
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To: EveningStar
I saw a cat squashed on the highway today...... man, I was kinda bummed out.....

I'm sorry, this post was about who again?

19 posted on 08/09/2008 7:11:55 PM PDT by Dick Vomer (liberals suck....... but it depends on what your definition of the word "suck" is.,)
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To: Liberty Valance
Last I heard he was dating Keith Olbermann....

*Sidney Greenstreet's voice*
LOL! HO! ho! hehe....Thats' prefect, Sir....They're truly made for each other...
*/Sidney Greenstreet's voice*

20 posted on 08/09/2008 7:51:13 PM PDT by skinkinthegrass (If you aren't "advancing" your arguments,your losing "the battle of Ideas"...libs,hates the facts 8^)
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