Daniel Ellsberg

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Daniel Ellsberg
Ellsberg in 2020
Born(1931-04-07)April 7, 1931
DiedJune 16, 2023(2023-06-16) (aged 92)
Cause of deathPancreatic cancer
EducationHarvard University (AB, PhD)
King's College, Cambridge
EmployerRAND Corporation
Known forPentagon Papers,
Ellsberg paradox
Spouse(s)Carol Cummings (divorced)
Patricia Marx (m. 1970)
ChildrenRobert, Mary (1st marriage)
Michael Ellsberg (2nd marriage)
Ellsberg at Georgetown University in 2014.

Daniel Ellsberg (April 7, 1931 – June 16, 2023) was 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]

Death[change | change source]

In March 2023, Ellsberg wrote that he was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer.[2][3][4] He died at his home in Kensington, California, on June 16, 2023.[5]

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. JSTOR 1884324.
  2. Ramon Antonio Vargas (3 March 2023). "Pentagon Papers whistleblower Daniel Ellsberg says he has terminal cancer". The Guardian. Retrieved 3 March 2023.
  3. Ellsberg, Daniel (2 March 2023). "Living on a Deadline in the Nuclear Age. Some Personal News From Daniel Ellsberg" (Press release). antiwar.com. Retrieved 4 March 2023.
  4. Vargas, Ramon Antonio (3 March 2023). "Pentagon Papers whistleblower Daniel Ellsberg says he has terminal cancer". the Guardian. Retrieved 31 March 2023.
  5. Smith, Harrison. "Daniel Ellsberg, who leaked the Pentagon Papers, dies at 92". The Washington Post. Retrieved June 16, 2023.

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