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Letters | Bumping up against the rule of law

Following one’s conscience, from MLK to WikiLeaks

Jeff Jacoby’s op-ed on the 50th anniversary of the Rev. Martin Luther King’s “Letter from Birmingham Jail” (“In ‘Letter,’ King’s caution about bowing to the law,” April 14) and the motivation of those who commit acts of civil disobedience brings to mind two Americans who also took great risks to shed light on the dark and deceptive practices of our own government.

The first is Daniel Ellsberg, who in 1971 leaked secret US documents that became known as the Pentagon Papers.

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