In this interview we talk to a former U.S military analyst of the RAND corporation and whistleblower of the Pentagon papers, Daniel Ellsberg, about his personal journey and why he decided to blow the whistle in 1971. Furthermore we delve into his recent book “The Doomsday Machine: Confessions of a Nuclear War Planner” and uncover how nuclear war plans were designed when he was an insider working for RAND as well as what flaws they entailed and dangers they posed to society. Lastly we talk about whether nuclear weapons are an effective tool for negotiation and diplomacy and also what individuals can do to push for global disarmament.
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Daniel Ellsberg was a consultant with the Pentagon and the White House, where he drafted plans for nuclear war. In his book titled The Doomsday Machine: Confessions of a Nuclear War Planner, Ellsberg reveals for the first time copies of top-secret documents from his nuclear studies—an entire second set of papers in addition to the Pentagon Papers, for which he is known to have leaked in 1971. Ellsberg is also the author of a 2003 memoir about the Pentagon Papers and Vietnam called Secrets. He’s the subject of the Oscar-nominated documentary The Most Dangerous Man in America. Ellsberg is a character in the Steven Spielberg film about the Pentagon Papers called The Post released in 2017.
UELLENANGABE FÜR BEITRAGSBILD:
Deutsch: Atombombentest Bravo (Sprengkraft 15 Mt).
English: Nuclear weapon test Bravo (yield 15 Mt) on Bikini Atoll. The test was part of the Operation Castle. The Bravo event was an experimental thermonuclear device surface event.
|United States Department of Energy