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.