In 1971, young defense analyst Daniel Ellsberg took on the Nixon administration, risking his career and freedom to leak the Pentagon Papers and show the world that the U.S. government had lied repeatedly about winning the war in Vietnam. Since then, Ellsberg has been a tireless activist for freedom of the press, whistleblowers' rights and government accountability. Now, for the first time, Ellsberg is sharing his findings from his most ambitious project yet, The Doomsday Machine--a stunning insider's tale of the American nuclear regime in the 1960s.
Famously blowing the whistle on the Nixon administration by leaking the Pentagon Papers in 1971, Senior Fellow of the Nuclear Age Peace Foundation Daniel Ellsberg has been an activist for freedom of the press, whistleblowers’ rights and government accountability in the years since. Presented by the Commonwealth Club, he discusses his new book “The Doomsday Machine: Confessions of a Nuclear War Planner.”