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Ellsberg Takes on US Nuclear Protocol in 'Confessions of a Nuclear War Planner'

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Daniel Ellsberg's new book is titled "The Doomsday Machine: Confessions of a Nuclear War Planner." (Photo: Mark Constantini/San Francisco Chronicle )

Former military strategist Daniel Ellsberg, famous for releasing the Pentagon Papers, a top-secret study of U.S. involvement in Vietnam, calls the United States’ nuclear weapons policy “dizzyingly insane and immoral.” In his new memoir, “Doomsday Machine: Confessions of a Nuclear War Planner,” Ellsberg chronicles his years spent as a nuclear policy analyst, which included the near miss of the Cuban Missile Crisis in 1962. Ellsberg joins us to discuss his new book and why he calls for more risk-reduction measures around nuclear weapons. We’ll also get his thoughts on the new movie, “The Post,” which dramatizes the Washington Post’s decision to publish the Pentagon Papers in 1971.

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Daniel Ellsberg, former Pentagon analyst, author, "The Doomsday Machine: Confessions of a Nuclear War Planner"

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