Greeley Daily Tribune from Greeley, Colorado on April 17, 1973 · Page 20
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Greeley Daily Tribune from Greeley, Colorado · Page 20

Greeley, Colorado
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Tuesday, April 17, 1973
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GKEELEY (Colo.) TRIBUNE Tues., April 17, IS73 Ellsberg says he hoped Papers would help Congress end war By LINDA DEUTSCII Associated Press Writer LOS ANGELES AP) -- Daniel Ellsberg says he copied (he- Pentagon papers while Ameri- cans fought in Vielnam in hopes the secret documents would give Congress "the self- confidence to end the war." The slender, graying Ells- berg, who undergoes government cross-examination today, plunged through his explanation rapidly Monday, trying to lell it all before numerous govern- menlobjections could interrupt. He was restrained" by the judge from telling jurors directly that his motive was to help end the war. Ellsberg and Anthony Russo, both former researchers on government projects for the Rand Corp., are on trial for espionage, conspiracy and theft cess," Ellsberg said: "The President had all the responsibility for failure. He was a human being.... He, having the power to postpone that failure, could postpone the war and keep those failures from the public by denying them." Kllsberg said that by "the President" he meant four presi- for copying the papers, a top d e n t s - - H a r r y S. Truman, secret study of U.S. in- Dwighl D. Eisenhower, John F. volvement in Vietnam. Ellsberg did tell jurors that he copied the study only after assuring himself that its release would not'injure national defense and would not hurt U.S. men fighting in Vietnam. "I felt' that giving this information to the Congress of the United States could not injure the defense of the United States.... If I had believed Kennedy and Lyndon B. Johnson, the administrations covered by the Pentagon study. Ellsberg said the papers showed him that "Ihe explanation for our failure was not what I had thought -- a combination of good intentions and bad information." He said for the first time he realized that the presidents had been getting "rather good infor- otherwise, I would not have co- mation" on the war. pied it. I did not feel that any He said he also saw in the of this information could cause pa p e rs that "the Saigon govern- the death of a single soldier men t s that we had supported serving in Vietnam or yet to go ... W ere narrow-based, essen- to Vietnam," Ellsberg said. tially corrupt regimes. The 42-year-old Ellsberg said the Pentagon study had opened his eyes to the possibility that four presidents had prolonged ing the volumes He .resolved to get them to Congress and made arrangements with Russo to copy them. He said he felt that "Congress would have the self- confidence to\end the war only if they realized there were no Slot car results In the open motor-open frame race Saturday evening Bill Brown set a new lap record with a qualifying lime of 14 laps, 18 sections. A semi-main consisting of 180 laps was run because of the sign-up of 12 entries. Bob Hicks placed first with 167 laps, Alan Wilkinson placed second with 162 laps, and John Cunningham placed third. Other entries in the semi-main were Bob Blackburn and Steve Foster. In the 320-lap main, Kurt Pope placed first with 306 laps. super-secret reasons (to contin- from presenting large, portions.".' f ue the vvar')." . of his planned testimony by rii,-,'".',^ Denying the existence of a ing that Ellsberg could-not telj:..'^;', conspiracy, Ellsberg'said he jurors what became ,of the^.. ^" never saw Russo or any of the copies that were made or what j" i ' unindicted alleged co-conspirators read the papers while copying them. And he said he didn't 'tell them much about what the study contained. U.S..' 'District Court judge Matt Byrne prevented Ellsberg his motive was in making · · . · ' '-ti copies. - ; · « Ellsberg has admitted, releasV ing 'the documents to newSj'^ media, but lhat release is nof;j involved in the charges against him. . .. Fishermen save 25 Hatian refugees MIAMI (AP) -- A lobster boat crew that saved 25 Haitians from possible starvation or drowning on a battered 50- foot sloop said they gave them everything "except what we had on our backs" while bringing them to U.S. Immigration' officials. " : i "I just couldn't 1 leave 25 people to the mercy of the sea and call myself a human the war rather than admit failure. "The President could not allow the war to end without suc- "The secret of the Pentagon papers was that these realities were after all not a secret to the four presidents who had been denying them and telling the public something entirely different." Ellsberg said that womp race. Bill Brown took second with 297 ;being," Capt. Benjamin Lang- laps. Joe Shray was third with le y said Monday after docking 292 laps, ' · his Other entries in the main were Gary Gaines, Bob Hicks, Don Wahe, Randy Downing and Alan Wilkinson. Next race at Don's '·'Raceway and Hobbies is at 7 p.m. Tuesday for an open motor womp- 43-foot lobster boat, (he Miss Nee, in Miami. Langley and his four-man crew ran across the Haitians' open sailboat 30 miles northeast of. Cuba Saturday. He said 'the 19 men and six women aboard na d been without food and water for two days and the boat's sails, which had.been repairqii, ,7,..i during a slop 'in Cuba, wefflj ,,,·..,, torn badly. . . ,-. J ; The Miss Nee took the sloop ·'"'-·· under tow but it Began to sink----.about IBhours later. Two of Ih'eV ".;. Haitians swam to the Miss Nee; i«- and the others pulled lhem-' : - ; ' selves hand-over-hand on ( H e - , low rope through six foot seas; ·'·'··""· lo the Miss Nee'before the sail^i'i 1 ? boat went under. ·. : ,.*. "We gave .them all o u r l : J ' " clolhes, except what we had ori"' " ' out backs. A couple of thehi j - : "; were almost naked," said Ihtf'"-""' red-bearded Langley. "' _"·'··' Fritz Deauville, leader of the : \' group, said Ihe refugees fled" .'.'.;" Haili in a stolen boat because ;,. Ihey could nol find work a(,..''. ' home. .'"' : " -. ELLSBERG ON WAY TO STAND - Daniel his S t 0 r y of how he came to copy the papers Ellsberg enters the Federal building in Los hoping it would help end the Vietnam war. (AP Angeles to return' to the witness stand in the Wirephoto) Pentagon Papers trial and bring to a climax 353-4445 50th Ave. 20th St. Highland Nurseries^. 4 CELL BATTERY PACK DELIVERS EXTRA POWER Black Decker* CORDLESS ELECTRIC GRASS SHEAR Ball-and-channel blade mechanism makes blades cut cleaner with less friction, lengthen blade lite. 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