LOS ANGELES — Four decades after he stunned the nation by leaking the top-secret Pentagon Papers study of the Vietnam War, Daniel Ellsberg walks the halls of the past in his dreams.
In his sleep, he imagines that he still works as a researcher at the Rand Corp., advising Pentagon officials on policy, handling classified documents, studying the science of war.
“Being at Rand was the ideal life for me,” Ellsberg says, almost as an afterthought. “In my dreams, I am doing classified work, trying to solve social problems.”
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Daniel Ellsberg, the man who leaked the Pentagon Papers, says Julian Assange is definitely not a criminal
Daniel Ellsberg, the former military intelligence contractor who 40 years ago leaked the Pentagon Papers, made a surprise appearance Saturday at the WikiLeaks news conference in London to heartily endorse the group’s publication of almost 400,000 Iraq war logs and warn of a U.S. government trying to close the shutters on military decision making and warfare. View Full Article
Mohamed Nasheed was in New York City this week promoting The Island President, a new documentary film about his beautiful archipelago nation, the Maldives, and its perilous struggle against climate change. The documentary follows Nasheed, a former democracy activist imprisoned and tortured by the Maldives’ three-decade-old dictatorship, during his first year as President; in landmark 2008 polls, he won the Maldives’ first free and fair elections. Nasheed and I met in the capital, Male, soon after that victory. But the years since have proved difficult. In February, he was forced out after cadres in the police and military still loyal to the old regime rebelled. Nasheed spoke to TIME about the nature of the coup and his hopes and fears for his troubled nation.
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Mohamed Nasheed, the first democratically-elected president of the Maldives, left office in early February under conditions he described as a coup. He spoke with The Post’s Ann Hornaday about his country, an Island nation hard hit by global warming, and his time in office.
The Toronto International Film Festival last year produced an unlikely star: a quiet, slight-of-stature leader of a tiny country few attendees might have been able to locate on a globe, much less care about.
But at the world premiere of the documentary “The Island President,” Mohamed Nasheed — the first democratically elected president of the Maldives, an archipelago of tiny islands about 200 miles southwest of India — was greeted with rapturous ovations. The film, which chronicles his first year in office, centered mostly on Nasheed’s efforts to combat climate change, which if it continues on current trajectories could swamp his country of nearly 400,000 people. View Full Article
Let’s stop humoring ourselves, says the filmmaker Eugene Jarecki — America can no longer afford to keep millions of its citizens locked away. Now he’s taking his law-and-order documentary on the road.
The year began with a line that was as much a lamentation as it was an astute observation. “The scale and brutality of our prisons are the moral scandal of American life,” Adam Gopnik wrote in a trenchant essay in the January 30th issue of the New Yorker. “How did we get here? How is it that our civilization, which rejects hanging and flogging and disemboweling, came to believe that caging vast numbers of people for decades is an acceptably humane condition?”
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