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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.


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


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