The Most Dangerous Man in America: Daniel Ellsberg and the Pentagon Papers

Feb. 2 The Most Dangerous Man in America: Daniel Ellsberg and the Pentagon Papers McFoster’s Natural Kind Cafe, 302 S. 38th St. 7 p.m., FREE, mostdangerousman.org Before Julian Assange and Wikileaks, there was Daniel Ellsberg and the Pentagon Papers. During the height of the conflict in Vietnam, Ellsberg was working for the U.S. government as a high-level Pentagon official and Vietnam War Strategist. In 1969 Ellsberg began attending anti-war events while still holding his position at the Pentagon. It was during one such event that he was moved to tears after listening to a speech given by a draft resister named Randy Kehler, who said he was ‘very excited’ that he would soon be able to join his friends in prison. The speech changed Ellsberg’s outlook on the world and turned his views of his own government upside down. In 1971, Ellsberg released to the New York Times a 7,000 page top-secret study of classified documents regarding the conduct of the Vietnam War, a paper he originally contributed to in 1967. What ensued was a maelstrom of government cover-ups, plots against his health and lawsuits directly stemming from then-President Nixon. This 2009 Academy Award-nominee for best documentary feature takes a piercing look into the world of government secrecy through the eyes of a high-ranking insider and leads directly to Watergate, Nixon’s resignation and the end of the Vietnam War.

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on Wednesday, January 26th, 2011

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