Daniel Ellsberg is an American activist and former United States military analyst who, while employed by the RAND Corporation, precipitated a national political controversy in 1971 when he released the Pentagon Papers, a top-secret Pentagon study of U.S. government decision-making in relation to the Vietnam War, to The New York Times
and other newspapers. He was charged under the Espionage Act of 1917, but due to governmental misconduct and illegal evidence gathering, all charges against Dr. Ellsberg were dismissed. He has remained active as a scholar and antiwar, anti-nuclear weapons activist. He has authored three books: Papers on the War, Secrets: A Memoir of Vietnam and the Pentagon Papers
and Risk, Ambiguity and Decision,
as well as countless articles on economics, foreign policy and nuclear disarmament. In 2006, he received the Right Livelihood Award "for putting peace and truth first, at considerable personal risk, and dedicating his life to inspiring others to follow his example." Dr. Ellsberg has written his fourth book, The Doomsday Machine: Confessions of a Nuclear War Planner
, to be published in December 2017. In it, he reveals that the 7,000 pages of the Pentagon Papers that he copied from his office at the Rand Corporation in 1969-70 were only “a fraction” of what he had borrowed from office safes. Much of the rest amounted to the “other” Pentagon papers — secret documents on U.S. nuclear war plans and capabilities.