|Judith Ehrlich, the Timmins, Professor David Weisbrot|
Tuesday, June 22, 2010
The past as prelude, at the movies
Some personal ancient history, folks.
Apart from an interest in the film's themes of government secrecy-deception and lies are more apt in this case - and the whistleblower, my earlier professional life had two cross-over points with these tumultuous times. In June 1971 when the New York Times started what became an avalanche of publications drawing on the 7000 pages of secret documents leaked by Ellsberg-and then was prevented by injunction for a moment from publishing more - I had been at the Australian Embassy in Saigon for two and a half years trying to understand what was happening in Vietnam.Then in 1973 when Watergate began to unravel the Nixon presidency, and it was revealed at Ellsberg's trial that the White House ordered a break-in at the office of his psychiatrist - a precursor of the break in that eventually led to Nixon's resignation - I was at the Australian Embassy in Washington trying to understand what was happening in the USA.
I'm still working on both a long time after that professional involvement came to an end in 1980.