The Day Daniel Ellsberg Met Paulo Coehlo on Twitter

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I meet random people on and through Twitter nearly every day. Some of those serendipitous encounters have turned into friendships and collaborations. But somehow I didn't think that the truly famous could have the same kind of experience. That is, until I saw this quick back-and-forth between Daniel Ellsberg, who leaked the Pentagon Papers, and novelist Paulo Coehlo. After making the Twitter connection, they're recording a podcast together in support of WikiLeaks. Here's how it went down. (We're using the experimental tool Storify to show this interaction.)

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Alexis Madrigal is the deputy editor of TheAtlantic.com. He's the author of Powering the Dream: The History and Promise of Green Technology. More

The New York Observer has called Madrigal "for all intents and purposes, the perfect modern reporter." He co-founded Longshot magazine, a high-speed media experiment that garnered attention from The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, and the BBC. While at Wired.com, he built Wired Science into one of the most popular blogs in the world. The site was nominated for best magazine blog by the MPA and best science website in the 2009 Webby Awards. He also co-founded Haiti ReWired, a groundbreaking community dedicated to the discussion of technology, infrastructure, and the future of Haiti.

He's spoken at Stanford, CalTech, Berkeley, SXSW, E3, and the National Renewable Energy Laboratory, and his writing was anthologized in Best Technology Writing 2010 (Yale University Press).

Madrigal is a visiting scholar at the University of California at Berkeley's Office for the History of Science and Technology. Born in Mexico City, he grew up in the exurbs north of Portland, Oregon, and now lives in Oakland.

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