WATCH: Celebration of the Life of Daniel Ellsberg

Daniel Ellsberg, the most prominent whistleblower in U.S. history, will be remembered on Sunday at 1pm PDT, 4pm EDT. Watch it here.  

Daniel Ellsberg died at 92 on June 16 in hospice care after a battle with pancreatic cancer. His memorial service can be seen here on Sunday, his family has announced. 

Ellsberg was considered the greatest whistleblower of certainly his generation if not in U.S. history.  His decision to leak the top-secret government study of the Vietnam war to the press was clearly one of the most courageous acts in the nation’s history. 

The decision by the Nixon administration’s Department of Justice to order the press to stop publishing the Pentagon Papers led to a landmark Supreme Court decision against the government’s use of prior restraint.

Then President Richard Nixon had Ellsberg charged under the Espionage Act nonetheless. Ellsberg gained his freedom only after gross prosecutorial misconduct was revealed. 

In his later years, Ellsberg continued to speak out against injustices and supported a new generation of whistleblowers such as Edward Snowden and Chelsea Manning. 

He was also a fearless advocate for WikiLeaks publisher Julian Assange as he battles against his own Espionage Act case. 

Dan was a friend of Consortium News, served on our board and appeared on many of our CN Live! webcasts.

Daniel Ellsberg in 2020. (Christopher Michel, CC BY-SA 4.0, Wikimedia Commons)


8 comments for “WATCH: Celebration of the Life of Daniel Ellsberg

  1. CaseyG
    October 24, 2023 at 15:47

    Daniel Ellsberg —-bravest man in America—–and a good thing he was. Thank goodness for TRUTH TELLERS!

  2. LeoSun
    October 24, 2023 at 14:04

    “Is this love? Is this love? Is this love, that I’m feeling?”

    “Oh, yes. Yes. I know, now.” This is LOVE, “Celebration of the Life of Daniel Ellsberg.” ‘Every day and every night. Together. Sharing the shelter. Sharing the same room.’ Sharing likes, loves, dislikes, tears aka living, loving, laughing out loud! “One heart. One Love.”

    Imo, Daniel Ellsberg, a classical pianist, wholeheartedly, rocked Bob Marley,

    …… “Get up. Stand up. Stand up for your rights. Life is your right. Most people think God will come from the sky take away everything & make everybody high; BUT, if you know, what life is worth. You would look for yours, on earth; AND, now, we see the light, we going to stand up for our rights.” Bob Marley @ hxxps://

    “Mr. Ellsberg, it’s an honor, to take your fingerprints.” “It’s an honor to meet you, Mr. Ellsberg.”

    “It’s an honor, to be, right here, right now, hearing from Mrs. Ellsberg, the Ellsberg family, friends, partnerships; and, the “Special Guest,” Dan Ellsberg. (R.I.P., Daniel Ellsberg).

    “GOLDEN” is the “STRONG foundation” Daniel Ellsberg has/had; NOT only, “WHEN the winds of change, shifted;” but, in his lifetime!!! This goes out to you, “May you always see the lights, surrounding you. May your heart always be joyful. May your song always be sung; and, May you stay, forever young.” Bob Dylan.

    TY, CN, et al., “Keep It Lit.”

  3. Barbara
    October 23, 2023 at 12:25

    Nixon like Lincoln tried to prevent freedom of the press. Lincoln did shut down over 300 publications. They were in the north and spoke out against Lincoln’s policies. Nixon was trying to hide his debacle of Vietnam.

  4. Mary Saunders
    October 23, 2023 at 11:21

    Thanks for this. Courage so rare.

  5. Valerie
    October 23, 2023 at 03:38

    That was marvellous. Thankyou CN and Mr. Ellsberg’s family. I loved the photograph of Mr. Ellsberg with one pigeon on his head and another on his arm, whilst he was displaying headlines in a newspaper.

  6. October 22, 2023 at 17:34

    I know that it’s a bit much, but, I would like to like to think, and I hope that it is true, that he was reaching out to let me know that I am not alone.

    • Valerie
      October 23, 2023 at 14:48

      You are not alone Joshua. Even if we feel alone sometimes, there are many people in the same
      boat. We just haven’t encountered them yet.

  7. October 22, 2023 at 17:06

    I never got to meet Mr. Ellsberg, Dan, in the flesh. However, I am glad to say that he did present an article on, a channel that I was monitoring at the time, and that I was afforded the opportunity to communicate with him through the comment section of that website, a few weeks before he passed away. For the grace of being given such an opportunity, I am sincerely glad. For the considerate provision of the chance of utilizing that opportunity to be able to communicate with, to speak to, a man such as he, a good man, I am truly grateful. We, those among us who choose to resist that which is wrong, that which should not be, are truly grateful when it is allowed for such a man as he to walk among us.

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