Host Harry Kreisler is joined by activist and strategic analyst Daniel Ellsberg, a key figure in the public protest to halt the Vietnam War. His leaking of the Pentagon Papers to The New York Times set in motion a series of events, including illegal actions by then-President Richard Nixon that led the president to resign his office rather than be impeached. In the discussion, Ellsberg recalls the analysis of presidential decision-making that led to his fateful decision to leak the Pentagon Papers.
Key Words: Vietnam War, Nuclear Weapons, Political Activism, Pentagon Papers, Dissent, Cuban Missile Crisis, Presidents
July 28, 1998
Conversations with History