"This is official evidence that there was a cover-up of crimes, either by turning suspects over or torturing them directly. The truth is the Pentagon Papers did affect public opinion. It did not affect Nixon's policy. I don't have confidence that even a massive change of public opinion will have an effect, but even if there is a small chance it could change policy it is worth it."
- Daniel Ellsberg, lamenting the apathy and lethargy plaguing US foreign policy
Ellsberg had addressed WikiLeaks' press conference in London by saying, "Secrecy is essential to empire."