Daniel Ellsberg speaks on his experience blowing the whistle.

“What would you do if you were a young professional working at your dream job, and you discover that your employer was lying to the public, promoting a disastrous foreign war, and steadily expanding a weapons program that threatened to destroy human life on earth?”

Daniel Ellsberg faced this question himself multiple times in his life. He posed the same question to the audience during his April 10th talk at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, and in his new book, The Doomsday Machine. Ellsberg continued that he believes there are currently thousands of government employees looking at the prospect of nuclear war, whether or not they recognized this sentence as applicable to them.

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The release of the Steven Spielberg film The Post (starring Tom Hanks and Meryl Streep) has prompted a new upsurge in interest about whistleblowers. In 1971, Daniel Ellsberg released the Pentagon Papers to the New York Times, Washington Post and other newspapers which published the shocking revelations of how the American people had been lied to about the Vietnam War for decades. Continue Reading NWC Executive Director Stephen Kohn Featured in Washington Post Video

Next Tuesday, October 5, at 9:00 p.m., many public television stations will broadcast The Most Dangerous Man in America: Daniel Ellsberg and the Pentagon Papers. Daniel EllsbergIt is a 90-minute documentary about Daniel Ellsberg’s life, his education and rise in the world of a secret government-funded think-tank, and the thinking that brought him to release the classified Pentagon Papers. I had the opportunity to see this film earlier this year. It is a dramatic story of conscience versus government power, and I recommend it. Here is a link to the trailer. Here is a link to a live chat with Daniel Ellsberg and the filmmakers on October 6 at 2:00 pm eastern. Below is the description of the film by the producers at PBS’ Point-of-View:

In 1971, Daniel Ellsberg, a leading Vietnam War strategist, concludes that America’s role in the war is based on decades of lies. He leaks 7,000 pages of top-secret documents to The New York Times, a daring act of conscience that leads directly to Watergate, President Nixon’s resignation and the end of the Vietnam War. Ellsberg and a who’s-who of Vietnam-era movers and shakers give a riveting account of those world-changing events in POV’s The Most Dangerous Man in America: Daniel Ellsberg and the Pentagon Papers by award-winning filmmakers Judith Ehrlich (The Good War and Those Who Refused to Fight It) and Rick Goldsmith (Tell the Truth and Run: George Seldes and the American Press). A co-production of ITVS in association with American Documentary/POV.

Daniel Ellsberg and Filmmakers Judith Ehrlich and Rick Goldsmith

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The Open Society Institute National Security Human Rights Campaign is sponsoring an event on September 15th entitled, “Whistle-blowers: A Conversation with Daniel Ellsberg and John Dean.”  The event celebrates the U.S. premiere of the feature documentary, “The Most Dangerous Man in America: Daniel Ellsberg and the Pentagon Papers.”

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