Daniel Ellsberg

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Daniel Ellsberg
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Ellsberg at Georgetown University in 2014
Born (1931-04-07) April 7, 1931 (age 87)
Chicago, Illinois, U.S.
Education Harvard University (AB, PhD)
King's College, Cambridge
Employer RAND Corporation
Known for Pentagon Papers,
Ellsberg paradox
Spouse(s) Carol Cummings (divorced)
Patricia Marx (m. 1970)
Children Robert, Mary (1st marriage)
Michael Ellsberg (2nd marriage)
Website www.ellsberg.net

Daniel Ellsberg (born April 7, 1931) is an American activist and former United States military analyst who was known for releasing the classified Pentagon Papers to The Washington Post.

Pentagon Papers[change | change source]

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.

Charge[change | change source]

Ellsberg was charged under the Espionage Act of 1917 along with other charges of theft and conspiracy, carrying a total maximum sentence of 115 years. Due to governmental misconduct and illegal evidence gathering, and the defense by Leonard Boudin and Harvard Law School professor Charles Nesson, Judge William Matthew Byrne Jr. dismissed all charges against Ellsberg on May 11, 1973.[1]

References[change | change source]

  1. Ellsberg, Daniel (1961). "Risk, Ambiguity, and the Savage Axioms". Quarterly Journal of Economics 75 (4): 643–669. doi:10.2307/1884324. 

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