The Former Pentagon Papers defendant, Dr. Deniel Ellsberg, said on Wednesday (10 May) he was?
The Former Pentagon Papers defendant, Dr. Deniel Ellsberg, said on Wednesday (10 May) he was "Prosecuted to reselect the President". He told members of the Senate Government Operations and Judiciary Sub-Committee that the administration had tried to link his disclosures with advisers to Democratic Party candidates for the presidency. Charges of burglary, conspiracy and espionage against Dr. Ellsberg were dismissed in Los Angeles last week on the grounds of irregular Federal procedure in the case.
Dr. Ellsberg was testifying on Wednesday at the request of the Senate Sub-Committee. He attacked the over-classification of documents adding that its price had been "Vietnam in foreign affairs and the Watergate in domestic affairs."
The most controversial part of his testimony concerned the Pentagon Papers case.
Dr. Ellsberg was questioned by Senator Thurmond and former Democratic Presidential hopeful Senator Edmund Muskie, but the questioning degenerated into a shouting match with Muskie banging his gavel as Senator Thurgood continued to speak.
Senator Thurgood took strong exception to Dr. Ellsberg's testimony, and he told Muskie, sitting next to him, that he brought Ellsberg to the hearing to discredit the President of the United Stated. He told him that because of that, he was not fit to be a Presidential candidate.