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‘You’ll Be Hearing From Me as Long as I’m Here,’ Daniel Ellsberg Vows After Terminal Cancer Diagnosis – Original

Posted by M. C. on March 7, 2023

“I work better under a deadline. It turns out that I live better under a deadline,” the Pentagon Papers whistleblower quipped.

by Brett Wilkins

Daniel Ellsberg, whose leaking of the Pentagon Papers and decades of antiwar activity have inspired generations of whistleblowers and activists, said Wednesday that he has terminal cancer, but that there’s “tons more” movement work for him to do before he’s gone.The former nuclear war planner-turned-disarmament campaigner, who is 91 years old, notified friends and supporters in an email Wednesday morning that he had “difficult news to impart”:

On February 17, without much warning, I was diagnosed with inoperable pancreatic cancer on the basis of a CT scan and an MRI… I’m sorry to report to you that my doctors have given me three to six months to live. Of course, they emphasize that everyone’s case is individual; it might be more, or less.

Ellsberg, who will not undergo chemotherapy – he says it “offers no promise” – wrote that he is “not in any physical pain.”

“In fact, after my hip replacement surgery in late 2021, I feel better physically than I have in years,” he said.

“As I just told my son Robert: He’s long known (as my editor) that I work better under a deadline. It turns out that I live better under a deadline,” he quipped.

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