At the height of the Vietnam War, a government insider named Daniel Ellsberg leaked 7,000 pages of classified documents to American newspapers. The Pentagon Papers revealed that Americans had been lied to for decades about the war. Fifty years later, Ellsberg reveals his evolution from Cold Warrior to Whistleblower in the GroundTruth Podcast series The Whistleblower: Truth, Dissent and the Legacy of Daniel Ellsberg.
Based at GBH in Boston, the award-winning GroundTruth Podcast has covered global affairs from the War in Afghanistan to rising populist nationalism through shoe-leather, on-the-ground reporting.
A class of college students at the UMass Amherst, becomes the first group of researchers to take on Daniel Ellsberg's vast archive. For two students, it's more than a history project: It's a family story.
Every time I read it I’d come across a Top Secret stamp. So I’d been reluctant to get them to a copy shop. But now, Patricia was saying you gotta do it. And I would be going through page by page and scissoring off “Top Secret”
I have to say, here, it gets personal. Avert disaster? Yes, I am focused more than other people, more than my wife or others on the possibility of catastrophe. And yes, that can be related to my experience of catastrophe when I was 15.
I just spent a year studying nuclear crises with high level access, higher than top secret... I had come across a great deal of lying... The difference here was I was seeing it in real time as it was happening.