PBS Interviews Daniel Ellsberg On “The Most Dangerous Man in America”

by Ellsberg.Net on October 4, 2010

PBS interviews Daniel Ellsberg on Need to Know about “The Most Dangerous Man in America,” premiering on PBS tomorrow night.

Watch the full episode. See more Need To Know.

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Juan Gabriel Gómez Albarello May 11, 2011 at 11:55 pm

Dear doctor Daniel Ellsberg,

i’m a political science professor and a blogger at elespectador.com, one of the leading newspapers in Colombia.



Élber Gutiérrez, the main editor and I would like to know whether it would be possible to interview you. We’d like to celebrate the 40 years of the leaking of the Pentagon Papers publishing an interview with you.

Currently, the Colombian Congress currently studies two major legal initiatives proposed by the Santos administration that deal with the status of whistleblowers (the anti-corruption statute) and an intelligence and national security act that would affect civil society’s efforts to disclose decisions that might compromise public interests and establish severe penalties to whistleblowers.

In this context, the celebration of the 40 years of the leaking of the Pentagon Papers provides a propitious occasion to reflect on the limits to secrecy.

I profess a deep admiration for you. I have devoted various posts of my blog to WikiLeaks, Julian Assange and to a parallel with what you did and all the pressure you were subjected to. I have also devoted posts to Bradley Manning and to another dissident condemned in the past for having leaked information concerning the breach of international obligations by the German Republic in 1929: Carl von Ossietzky.

It would mean a lot of us to have an interview with you. It would help us to legitimize whistleblowing and convince many skeptics of providing whistleblowers with adequate protection.

Best regards,

juan gabriel

Pete Rupay May 4, 2011 at 5:08 pm

I am a Vietnam veteran. I still vividly remember the anti-war demonstrations. Our government officials who coldly and arrogantly prosecuted this war disseminated the propaganda that Daniel Ellsberg was a traitor to his country. On the contrary, after seeing “The Most Dangerous Man In America,” the traitors were our government officials themselves. Daniel Ellsberg, a man of conscience, is a hero to those of us who actually believe in and honor the U.S. Constitution.
There is, however, one more aspect of the Vietnam war, one more dirty secret that has been kept from the American public for forty-seven years: as a result of my over forty years of inquiry and investigation into the assassination of President John F. Kennedy, I am convinced beyond a shadow of a doubt that he was killed because he opposed a wider war in Southeast Asia, and was committed to seeking a way to withdraw our troops after his re-election in 1964. I am also convinced that, while not a chief architect of this plot, Lyndon Johnson was a willing conspirator, an evil man who craved power and control.
I recommend two books for those who don’t believe me: BEST EVIDENCE, by David S. Lifton (1981), and JFK AND VIETNAM, by Dr. John Newman (1992).
If Dr. Ellsberg should happen to read this comment, I hope that he would avail himself of that research.

pat March 21, 2011 at 3:28 am

well i was a walker in the 1976 continental walk for disarmament & social justice if they had only listened in light of Japan today thanks for all your diligence

Rose January 18, 2011 at 9:50 pm

I saw ‘The most dangerous man …” on ABC television in Australia, last night and have made it my business today to find out about Daniel E whom I have never heard of before.

I wasn’t surprised by the program because I’ve come to, in the last 10 years, that politics is not about governments working towards providing a better life for the masses – it’s about fear and egos and society buying into and wearing the dysfunctional childhoods of its political ‘leaders’.

For the moment, I feel sad and frustrated that there is nothing much I can do to make a difference. I think of what you did, Daniel – the impact it had at the time – and then how quickly everyone forgets and instead of making sure it never happens again, ‘they’ make sure that it’s harder to leak information that could have it happen again.

I have told myself that my job makes a difference to others but after viewing that program, my initial thought is that I don’t want to waste the rest of my life in the land of ‘tick-tock’, living in the lie and closing my eyes to it.

I just don’t know what else to do – yet.

Thank you for the reality check.


Farah Damji October 24, 2010 at 3:10 pm

I salute you and thankyou for giving people like Julian Assange the courage to continue something essential which you started.
“anything that keeps politicians from forgetting they are “accountable”..is to be welcomed and supported…”
John Locke, Professor fof Legal Studies, University of Nantes, France.

Don Pancheri October 11, 2010 at 8:31 pm

Dr. Ellsgerg:
Thank You.

Tom Rinehart October 6, 2010 at 4:14 am

Richard The Nixon once decreed Timothy Leary to be, “The most dangerous man in america,” shortly before ordering the bombing of Cambodia.

The religious right decreed Madeline Murray O’hare to be, “The most dangerous woman in america,” simply becasue she didn’t believe in god.

How did you escape such a high honor?

Pope Urban was credited for giving one of the great speeches in history when he decreed that anyone participating in the Crusades would be forgiven any and all sins by god which brought forth unspeakeable atrocities to innocent people all along the way to put the, “Fear of god,” into anyone even remotely resisting their march to engage in a war by impaling men, women and children and displaying them in the village square for all to see and tremble at.

What struck me the most was the total gutlessness of all those in congress, and other branches of government, none of which had the principal or resolution to put the people above their own welfare. To watch these spineless legislatures approve of invading Iraq when there was absolutely no good reason to just hightened my disgust for them.

Now I listen to all these people who are running for office campainging by showing how worthless their opponents are just makes me want to hurl.

You are a whistle blower of the highest order and although despised by many in government, have my deepest respect.

Never never stop.

“Evil triumphs when good men do nothing.” Thanks for not doing nothing.


“Those who would march to bombast and patriotism already have my contempt. They were given their great brain by mistake. I would rather be smitten to shreds then participate in such events.” Albert Eintein.”
Of course he was referring to the Nazis.

“If I had known they were going to do that with it I would have become a shoemaker.” Albert Einstein, when asked if E=MC2 had led to the making of the atomic bomb, which it had. It was a nightmare that followed him right up to the moment of his death. Here was the worlds most ferverent pacifist who inadvertently showed man the ability to destroy itself.

To paraphrase the Greatful Dead, what a weird, strange planet it is.

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