‘Most Dangerous Man’

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“We gotta get this [S.O.B.],” President Richard Nixon is recorded saying of Daniel Ellsberg. The president’s National Security Adviser Henry Kissinger would refer to Ellsberg as “the most dangerous man in America.”

Now facing a possible 115 years in prison, Daniel Ellsberg awaits his federal espionage trial. Meanwhile, Nixon unleashes his Plumbers in an attempt to silence Ellsberg, and Barbra Streisand sings for the defense. In this episode we trace the series of events that tied Ellsberg’s espionage trial to the fate of Richard Nixon’s presidency.

This podcast series is part of a wider collaboration with UMass Amherst and GBH, including a two-day conference presented by GroundTruth and UMass Amherst on “Truth, Dissent and the Legacy of Daniel Ellsberg,” featuring a conversation between the Pentagon Papers whistleblower himself and NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden. Learn more here: http://umass.edu/ellsberg

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