Posted at 12:51 PM on April 16, 2007
by Jeff Horwich
You'll have to wait for the show to hear the interview, but suffice it to say the 76-year-old Ellsberg sits squarely on top of our topic: how and why people decide to stick their neck out for something they believe in. Love or hate what he did, he put himself on the line for a cause, and in a big way, facing 115 years in prison for leaking the Pentagon Papers (and bringing a swifter end to the war in Vietnam). I suppose after all that it's not much, but he was gracious to grant me an interview after a long (and delayed) flight across the country and two hours greeting everyone who had shown up to see him.
The gathering (which was not small after all, but turned into a fundraiser with about a hundred people) was also a chance for me to learn a bit about a piece of Minnesota history which Ellsberg touched -- though not many people know it. It turns out the Pentagon Papers were very nearly leaked in a Minnesota courtroom, a few months before he eventually leaked them to the NYTimes. For now, you can read more about it here. I'll blog about that in more detail later this week...
Great interview. I feel very proud of being their and also meeting you and Daniel Ellsberg.
Let's stay in touch.