The Pentagon Papers leaker explains why the Supreme Court draft leak is a good thing
At 91, Daniel Ellsberg is certain of many things. One of them is that unofficial leaks of government documents are fundamental to keeping a check on the most powerful operators of our society.
"Unauthorized disclosures are the lifeline of a republic," he told NPR during a phone interview from his home in Northern California.
And anyone who chooses to take on the burden of sharing such information in the public interest, "is doing this republic a very great service and helping it to remain a republic."
Ellsberg would know.