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Born in Chicago, Illinois, USA

Mini Bio (1)

Daniel Ellsberg was born on April 7, 1931 in Chicago, Illinois, USA. He is a writer, known for The Most Dangerous Man in America: Daniel Ellsberg and the Pentagon Papers (2009), War on Whistleblowers: Free Press and the National Security State (2013) and America: From Hitler to M-X (1982). He has been married to Patricia Ellsberg since August 8, 1970. They have one child. He was previously married to Carol Cummings.

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Spouse Patricia Ellsberg (8 August 1970 - present)  (1 child)
Carol Cummings (10 January 1951 - 1966)  (divorced)  (2 children)

Trivia (7)

Stole classified documents from the Pentagon concerning the Vietnam War, and leaked the information to The New York Times. Eventually caught after fleeing authorities, he was indicted, but the charges were dismissed in 1973 after it was discovered that Richard Nixon had authorized the break-in of Ellsberg's psychiatrist's office in an attempt to discredit Ellsberg. Leonard Weinglass was a member of Ellsberg's defense team.
Biography/bibliography in: "Contemporary Authors". New Revision Series, vol. 135, pages 127-131. Farmington Hills, MI: Thomson Gale, 2005.
Father of Robert Ellsberg.
He grew up in Detroit.
He is portrayed by Matthew Rhys in The Post (2017).
Served in the U.S. Marine Corps and reached the rank of first lieutenant before being discharged.
His mother had wanted him to be a concert pianist but he gave up playing after her death when he was fifteen.

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