Pentagon Papers leaker, “Daniel Ellsberg” passes away at age 92.

Daniel Ellsberg was an American who worked as a political activist and military affairs expert. He was born in the United States on April 7, 1931, in Chicago, Illinois.

Ellsberg received a scholarship to Harvard College, where he graduated summa cum laude in 1952 with an A.B. in economics. He spent a year at King’s College in Cambridge, where he received funding from the Woodrow Wilson National Fellowship Foundation, earning a diploma in economics before converting his credits to a Ph.D. and going back to Harvard. He graduated from Harvard with a PhD in economics in 1962.

In the summer of 1958 and then permanently in 1959, Ellsberg started working as a strategic analyst at the RAND Corporation. He focused on nuclear warfare command and control and nuclear strategy.
He participated in a top-secret investigation on the Vietnam War’s conduct in 1967 that Defence Secretary McNamara had ordered.

Ellsberg served as the special assistant to the assistant secretary of defence for international security affairs at the Pentagon beginning in August 1964 under Secretary of Defence Robert McNamara. After that, he spent two years in South Vietnam working for General Edward Lansdale as a State Department employee.

Ellsberg resumed his employment at RAND following his return from South Vietnam. With Anthony Russo’s help, Ellsberg made several sets of covert reproductions of the classified documents to which he had access in late 1969. These copies ultimately came to be known as the Pentagon Papers. They demonstrated that the administration was aware that the war could probably not be won with the resources available at the time. Ellsberg decided to meet some of the persons who had inspired both his change of heart over the war and his choice to act shortly after copying the documents.

Ellsberg announced the fact that he had cancer of the pancreas in March 2023, although the disease was now beyond the point at which treatment was still possible. His expected lifespan was three to six months to live when doctors first gave him their best prediction in the middle of February.At his Kensington, California, residence, Ellsberg died away on June 16, 2023.

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