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Editor says, what if Richard Nixon had been more crafty? muses Robbie Taylor. Please note that the opinions expressed in this post do not necessarily reflect the views of the author(s). This article is part of the American Heroes thread.
Ellsberg ReleasedTsongas died just three weeks later and his successor Bill Clinton was in office when Ellsberg actually left prison.
A consultant at the Pentagon, he was sentenced to twenty-five years in prison for treason. Ellsberg had been caught trying to peddle classified papers to various news organizations through a fortuitous tip from his psychiatrist. President Nixon said, "Filthy traitors aren't welcome in our America". Note - This article is a continuation of Robbie Taylor's post 31 July 1974: Ellsberg sentenced as explained by Michel Vuijlsteke on the The Annotated Today in Alternate History web site.
Editor says, in reality, he was caught in June 1971 after an extensive manhunt, and would have been been imprisoned for life it hadn't been for Nixon's manic desire for revenge. Amongst a load of other things, Nixon had Ellsberg's psychoanalyst's office burgled by Howard Hunt and Gordon Liddy (two of the Watergate burglars!) and tried to bribe the judge by offering him the directorship of the FBI. The trial had to be abandoned and Ellsberg was acquitted. Editorial comments are entered in [light green] typeface.