Pentagon Papers whistleblower Daniel Ellsberg has announced he’s been diagnosed with inoperable pancreatic cancer, giving him an estimated three to six months to live. It was 51 years ago that The New York Times began publishing excerpts of the Pentagon Papers leaked by Dan Ellsberg — 7,000 pages of top-secret documents outlining the Pentagon’s secret history of U.S. involvement in Vietnam since the 1940s. The leak exposed years of government lies and would end up helping to end the War in Vietnam and lead to a major victory for press freedom. Ellsberg reports that since his cancer diagnosis, he’s done several interviews and webinars on topics including Ukraine, nuclear weapons and First Amendment issues. Ellsberg wrote, “I work better under a deadline. It turns out that I live better under a deadline!”
The former whistleblower of the Pentagon Papers announced he has been diagnosed with inoperable pancreatic cancer, giving him an estimated three to six months to live. Ellsberg, an economist, is widely considered as a role model for human rights activists and investigative journalists.
Daniel Ellsberg has been such an inspiration, in the life of many, by his courage and dedication to the cause of truth and justice…
Absolutely, the world would be better off if we all acted more like him.