"It seems to me the technology of Orwell's 1984 is available right now"

Jun 10, 2013, 09:47 PM

Edward Snowden released his material from the safety of Hong Kong, where he remains, to avoid arrest by American authorities. After all, he now faces a potential life sentence for divulging secret documents. All of which has a ring to it. It was in 1971, that the so-called Pentagon Papers were published by the New York Times - US Defence Department documents, which revealed that President Johnson had decided to expand the war in Vietnam, while publicly declaring the opposite. The man, who released the secret documents on that occasion was Daniel Ellsberg, who had served in the Pentagon, became disaffected and was shocked by the mendacity in front of him. David Eades asked him at his home in SanFrancisco, what he made of Edward Snowden's decision to release this secret information.