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Doomsayer

Daniel Ellsberg imagines a world after nuclear war: ‘It doesn’t take unusually evil people to do terrible things’

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“This is so insanely stupid. It’s like burning books.”

DANIEL ELLSBERG IS BEST KNOWN AS THE military analyst who leaked the Pentagon Papers and exposed Defense Department lies about American involvement in the Vietnam War. But in 1971, when he took those top-secret documents out of his office safe at the Rand Corp., he also removed a cache of materials related to his job as one architect of America’s nuclear strategy of so-called mutually assured destruction, or MAD. (The idea being that two nuclear nations would be reluctant to attack each other.)

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