In 1971, Daniel Ellsberg leaked the Pentagon Papers to the press in hopes they would help end the Vietnam War. He looks back on his early days as a national security analyst in The Doomsday Machine.
Ellsberg is now 86, and he has a new book about his days before he studied the Vietnam War when he worked on American nuclear war strategies in the late 1950s and early ’60s. Ellsberg was appalled by much of what he found and wishes he’d been able to leak those plans along with the Pentagon Papers.
FRESH AIR’s Dave Davies spoke to him about his new book, “The Doomsday Machine: Confessions Of A Nuclear War Planner.”