‘Pentagon Papers’ Whistleblower Claims Trump Has Plan to Provoke Iran to Armed Conflict


US-Iran relations have sharply deteriorated under Trump’s administration, which withdrew from the nuclear accord and introduced economic sanctions against the Islamic Republic. Over the past four years the two states have been on the verge of armed conflict at least twice, but so far managed to avoid all-out war.

Vietnam war-era US whistleblower, Daniel Ellsberg, has claimed that President Donald Trump has a secret plan to provoke Iran into a confrontation that would allow Washington to respond with an attack on the country, and urged any person with knowledge of this alleged plot to come out and blow the whistle on the purported conspiracy.

Ellsberg cautioned potential whistleblowers from repeating his mistakes by waiting for too long to reveal the classified data and urged them to do so before the bombs start falling, describing such a move as an “act of patriotism [not] treason”. He argued that the outgoing president still has enough time to set the plot in motion, but added that the public still has time to stop him.

The whistleblower, who organised a leak of the so-called “Pentagon Papers” in Seventies, did not provide any evidence substantiating his claims that Trump has a plan of provoking Iran into a war with the US. Nor did he reveal any sources that tipped him off about it. However, Ellsberg expressed confidence that information about the plot exists in a file marked Top Secret or Classified.

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