Daniel Ellsberg

Daniel Ellsberg was put on trial in 1973 for leaking the Pentagon Papers, but the case was dismissed after four months because of government misconduct. He is the author of "Secrets: A Memoir of Vietnam and the Pentagon Papers."

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Saturday, September 12, 2009 - 11:30am
American Planning for a Hundred Holocausts
TruthDig Editor’s note: This is the first installment of Daniel Ellsberg’s personal memoir of the nuclear era, “The American Doomsday Machine.” The online book will recount highlights of his six years of research and consulting for the Departments of Defense and State and the White House on issues of nuclear command and control, nuclear war planning and nuclear crises.
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Thursday, August 6, 2009 - 10:10am
Hiroshima Day: America Has Been Asleep at the Wheel for 64 Years
It was a hot August day in Detroit. I was standing on a street corner downtown, looking at the front page of The Detroit News in a news rack. I remember a streetcar rattling by on the tracks as I read the headline: A single American bomb had destroyed a Japanese city. My first thought was that I knew exactly what that bomb was. It was the U-235 bomb we had discussed in school and written papers about, the previous fall. I thought: "We got it first. And we used it. On a city."
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Monday, July 7, 2008 - 3:56pm
Learning From Past Disasters, Preventing Future Ones
I have participated in several major organizational catastrophes. The most well known of them is the Vietnam War. I was aware on my first visit to Vietnam in 1961 that the situation there -- a failing neocolonial regime we had installed as a successor to French rule -- was a sure loser in which we should not become further involved.
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Thursday, March 20, 2008 - 3:47pm
Words to the Die-In Participants: We as a People Have the Power
These were my remarks to several hundred activists and supporters participating in a die-in in downtown San Francisco at noon, March 19, 2008, on the fifth anniversary of the launching of shock and awe in Iraq. All those blocking traffic - surprisingly, for a couple of hours, before we were all arrested - were handcuffed, booked and released some hours later for a later court date.
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Monday, January 21, 2008 - 5:18pm
Covering Up the Coverage - The American Media's Complicit Failure to Investigate and Report on the Sibel Edmonds Case
For the second time in two weeks, the entire U.S. press has let itself be scooped by Rupert Murdoch's London Sunday Times on a dynamite story of criminal activities by corrupt U.S. officials promoting nuclear proliferation. But there is a worse journalistic sin than being scooped, and that is participating in a cover-up of information that demands urgent attention from the public, the U.S.
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Thursday, September 27, 2007 - 2:03pm
This Coup and The Next One
I think nothing has higher priority than averting an attack on Iran, which I think will be accompanied by a further change in our way of governing here that in effect will convert us into what I would call a police state. If there's another 9/11 under this regime ... it means that they switch on full extent all the apparatus of a police state that has been patiently constructed, largely secretly at first but eventually leaked out and known and accepted by the Democratic people in Congress, by the Republicans and so forth.
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Friday, August 10, 2007 - 2:01pm
A Personal Vision for Cindy Sheehan's Campaign
Remarks of Daniel Ellsberg at a press conference August 9, 2007 at which Cindy Sheehan announced her independent candidacy for the 8th Congressional District of California, an office now held by Nancy Pelosi, Speaker of the House. I don't speak for Cindy Sheehan-whom I admire unreservedly-or for her campaign. When I say "we" in what follows, I'm really just giving my own perspective on this campaign, as one of her supporters.
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Friday, July 6, 2007 - 2:32pm
Scooter Libby and Mordechai Vanunu
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