FORA.tv Speaker - Daniel Ellsberg

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Biography

Daniel Ellsberg, a former U.S. military analyst employed by the RAND Corporation, sparked a national controversy in 1971 when he released the Pentagon Papers to the New York Times.

The Pentagon Papers revealed that the government knew early on that the Vietnam War was not likely winnable and would lead to many times more casualties than ever admitted. After failing to persuade a few U.S. Senators to release the papers on the Senate floor, Ellsberg decided to risk prison and leaked the documents to the New York Times. Ellsberg went underground for 16 days before turning himself in. Fortunately, the charges against him were eventually dropped due to gross government misconduct and illegal evidence gathering by the Nixon administration and the notorious White House "Plumbers Unit."

These efforts included breaking into Ellsberg's psychiatrist's office and were undertaken directly by the Nixon White House to smear and discredit Ellsberg in the news media in retaliation for his Pentagon Papers whistleblowing.

7 Programs

Snowden Was Justified

02.12.14 | 01:42:22 min | 0 comments

WikiLeaks: Why It Matters. Why It Doesn't?

01.19.11 | 01:48:03 min | 6 comments

Daniel Ellsberg and Julian Assange Talk WikiLeaks

10.25.10 | 01:36:57 min | 4 comments

The Bomb: Daniel Ellsberg

09.29.10 | 01:05:23 min | 8 comments

Whistle-Blowers: A Conversation with Ellsberg and Dean

09.15.09 | 01:51:52 min | 5 comments

Wars in Iraq and Vietnam, Threats Against Iran

09.04.08 | 01:21:26 min | 1 comment

Dissent: Voices of Conscience

01.21.08 | 01:14:39 min | 0 comments