Scott Horton Interviews Daniel Ellsberg

Scott Horton, February 22, 2008

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Daniel Ellsberg, famous leaker of the Pentagon Papers, and Chris Deliso, of Balkanalysis.com, discuss the case of FBI translator-whistleblower Sibel Edmonds and the international crime rings she exposed.

MP3 here. (49:08)

Balkanalysis.com director Christopher Deliso has lived and traveled widely in SE Europe and has a master’s degree with distinction in Byzantine Studies from Oxford University (1999). His two new books, The Coming Balkan Caliphate: The Threat of Radical Islam to Europe and the West and Hidden Macedonia: The Mystic Lakes of Ohrid and Prespa will appeal to readers interested in, respectively, the major security issues involving the region today, and travel in one of Europe’s most fascinating but least visited areas.

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Daniel Ellsberg is the author of Secrets: A Memoir of Vietnam and the Pentagon Papers. He was born in Detroit in 1931. After graduating from Harvard in 1952 with a B.A. Summa cum Laude in Economics, he studied for a year at King’s College, Cambridge University, on a Woodrow Wilson Fellowship.

Between 1954 and 1957, Ellsberg spent three years in the U.S. Marine Corps, serving as rifle platoon leader, operations officer, and rifle company commander.

From 1957-59 he was a Junior Fellow in the Society of Fellows, Harvard University. He earned his Ph.D. in Economics at Harvard in 1962 with his thesis, Risk, Ambiguity and Decision.

In 1959, he became a strategic analyst at the RAND Corporation, and consultant to the Department of Defense and the White House, specializing in problems of the command and control of nuclear weapons, nuclear war plans, and crisis decision-making.

He joined the Defense Department in 1964 as Special Assistant to Assistant Secretary of Defense (International Security Affairs) John McNaughton, working on Vietnam. He transferred to the State Department in 1965 to serve two years at the U.S. Embassy in Saigon, evaluating pacification on the front lines.

On return to the RAND Corporation in 1967, he worked on the Top Secret McNamara study of U.S. Decision-making in Vietnam, 1945-68, which later came to be known as the Pentagon Papers. In 1969, he photocopied the 7,000 page study and gave it to the Senate Foreign Relations Committee; in 1971 he gave it to the New York Times, Washington Post and 17 other newspapers. His trial, on twelve felony counts posing a possible sentence of 115 years, was dismissed in 1973 on grounds of governmental misconduct against him, which led to the convictions of several White House aides and figured in the impeachment proceedings against President Nixon.

Since the end of the Vietnam War he has been a lecturer, writer and activist on the dangers of the nuclear era and unlawful interventions.

Visit his Web site.

8 Responses to “Daniel Ellsberg”

  1. I have not been able to listen to your broadcasts for some six months now – it keeps breaking up. I do not have this problem with anyother broadcasts, videos, etc, none. I use to enjoy your programs very much.

  2. What do you mean ‘breaking up’?

  3. I get perfectly good streaming in Central Europe here on a low-bandwidth ADSL. Yay!

    It’s a pity that ISDN hasn’t caught on in the USA, the phone communications used by the participants could be high-quality 128 Kbps audio in that case :-(

  4. I like Scot Horton. He is a nice even guy and gives his guests full reigh regarding what ever they wnat to say. I listen to Scot all the time and enjoy it very much. lou morelli

  5. The Feb22 discussion with Mr Ellsberg & Mr Deliso was riveting. An exceptional hour on your show.
    Please have these gentlemen back on and let the discussion continue in the same format.

  6. …Relative to his very efficient efforts during the direct, 14 year, American involvement in Indo-China. The Daniel Ellsberg of today inspires little, if any confidence in terms of leading—Or for that matter even participating in the present anti-War Movement—Which taken as a whole, can be described as marginal at best, and a ghost at worst.

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  8. Sometimes I have issues with the adobe format sound file and it would only play 10 r 15 minutes of it. It also streams [loads] slower than the MP3 file.

    By breaking up I think Walter Cole is talking about a buffering/rebuffering issue.

    Try the MP3 Walter it loads faster [I open it with quick-time]

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