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Pentagon Papers Leaker Calls for Boycott of Amazon.com After WikiLeaks Removal

 
 
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If there's anyone who knows a thing or two about leaking classified government documents, it's Daniel Ellsberg, the man responsible for the 1971 leak of the Pentagon Papers (once the largest cache of secret U.S. documents ever leaked). So it's fitting that Ellsberg, of all people, has called for consumers to boycott the online retailer Amazon.com after the company removed WikiLeaks from its servers this week.

As Raw Story reports, Ellsberg penned an open letter to the retailer, saying he's "disgusted" by Amazon taking WikiLeaks offline under the pretense of a violation of its terms of service. He said the company capitulated to absurd demands by Sen. Joe Lieberman and others who "aspire to China’s control of information and deterrence of whistle-blowing."

For the last several years, I’ve been spending over $100 a month on new and used books from Amazon. That’s over. I ask Amazon to terminate immediately my membership in Amazon Prime and my Amazon credit card and account, to delete my contact and credit information from their files and to send me no more notices.

I hope that these others encourage their contact lists to do likewise and to let Amazon know exactly why they’re shifting their business. I’ve asked friends today to suggest alternatives, and I’ll be exploring service from Powell’s Books, Half-Price Books, Biblio and others.

So far Amazon has spared itself the further embarrassment of trying to explain its action openly. This would be a good time for Amazon insiders who know and perhaps can document the political pressures that were brought to bear–and the details of the hasty kowtowing by their bosses–to leak that information. They can send it to Wikileaks (now on servers outside the US), to mainstream journalists or bloggers, or perhaps to sites like antiwar.com that have now appropriately ended their book-purchasing association with Amazon.

AlterNet / By Lauren Kelley

Posted at December 4, 2010, 5:42am

 
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