Daniel Ellsberg

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Person.png Daniel Ellsberg   Sourcewatch Spartacus
(whistleblower, activist, author)
Born April 7, 1931
Chicago, Illinois
Alma mater Harvard University, Cambridge University
Children • Robert
• Mary
• Michael Ellsberg
Spouse Carol Cummings
Exposed The Pentagon Papers
Website http://www.ellsberg.net
A feted whistleblower who exposed some details of how the US government was carrying out war in Vietnam. The fact that he was not persecuted has lead several commentators to suggest that he may not in fact have been all he appears to be. Specifically, the Pentagon Papers may have been a limited hangout.

Daniel Ellsberg is a former United States military analyst employed by the RAND Corporation who precipitated a national political controversy in 1971 when he released The Pentagon Papers, a top-secret Pentagon study of US government decision-making about the Vietnam War, to The New York Times and other newspapers.

The Pentagon Papers

Full article: Stub class article The Pentagon Papers

After returning from Vietnam, Ellsberg went back to work at the RAND Corporation. In 1967, he contributed to a top-secret study of classified documents regarding the conduct of the Vietnam War that had been commissioned by US Defense Secretary Robert McNamara. These documents, completed in 1968, later became known collectively as the Pentagon Papers. Because he held an extremely high-level security clearance, Ellsberg was one of very few individuals who had access to the complete set of documents. They revealed that the government had knowledge all along that the war would not likely be won, and that continuing the war would lead to many times more casualties than was ever admitted publicly. Further, the papers showed that high-ranking officials had a deep cynicism toward the public, as well as disregard for the loss of life and injury suffered by soldiers and civilians. Webster Tarpley suggests that the Pentagon papers were a limited hangout.

Later Life

Since the end of the Vietnam War he has been a lecturer, writer and activist on the dangers of the nuclear era and unlawful interventions. In 2002 he published Secrets.[1]  

Legal Case

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Hedges v. Obama
 

A Document by Daniel Ellsberg

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TitleDocument typePublication dateSubject(s)Description
Ex-Intelligence Officers, Others See Plusses in WikiLeaks Disclosuresstatement7 December 2010WikileaksA statement of support for Wikileaks. "The big question is not whether Americans can 'handle the truth.' We believe they can..."
 

Quotes by Daniel Ellsberg

PageQuoteDateSource
Corporate media“I am confident that there is conversation inside the Government as to ‘How do we deal with Sibel [Edmonds]? The first line of defense is to ensure that she doesn’t get into the [corporate] media. I think any outlet that thought of using her materials would go to to the government and they would be told “don’t touch this...””2014Global Research
Operation Gladio/B“I am confident that there is conversation inside the Government as to ‘How do we deal with Sibel [Edmonds]? The first line of defense is to ensure that she doesn’t get into the [corporate] media. I think any outlet that thought of using her materials would go to to the government and they would be told "don’t touch this..."”
 

Related Documents

TitleTypePublication dateAuthor(s)Description
How to identify CIA limited hangout operationarticle18 June 2013Webster TarpleyCiting the Pentagon Papers as an example, Tarpley suggests that both Wikileaks and the Snowden affair are limited hangout operations by the CIA.
The "Pentagon Papers" leak was a CIA opblog post7 June 2006Ashton Gray


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