When Daniel Ellsberg, a former military analyst and the world’s most
important whistleblower, exposed the U.S. Government’s secret war plans for Vietnam in 1971, he was well aware of risking a long time in prison and a spoiled career.
Regardless of such consequences, his decision led to the removal of a
mendacious government, a shortening of an illegal war, and an untold number of saved lives.
More than four decades later Daniel Ellsberg again takes on the Pentagon´s secret war plans. He warns us of a nuclear holocaust, caused by the refusal of the nine nuclear states to comply with the binding commitment of the Treaty on the Non-Proliferation of Nuclear Weapons to further the goals of a nuclear-free world.
The 2018 Olof Palme Prize goes to Daniel Ellsberg for his profound
humanism and exceptional moral courage.
The prize ceremony took place in Stockholm on Wednesday, January 30, 2019.
Pictures from the Prize Ceremony
Inaugural speech by Pierre Schori, Chairman, The Olof Palme Memorial Fund