Daniel Ellsberg could be called Vietnam’s Bradley Manning (though his strategic implications are much more notable). Ellsworth is a former US Marine company commander and a Doctor of Economics who worked under Lyndon B. Johnson to analyze Top Secret documents concerning the U.S. conduct of the Vientnam war through 1968.
Quoted From PBS: “In 1971, Daniel Ellsberg… concludes that America’s role in the war is based on decades of lies. He leaks 7,000 pages of top-secret documents to The New York Times, a daring act of conscience that leads directly to Watergate, President Nixon’s resignation and the end of the Vietnam War.”
In 1972, the men breaking into Watergate were charged with, among other things, violation of wiretapping laws. Two of Nixon’s top aides resigned and later went to prison and Nixon later resigned over the scandal.
In a CNN interview, Ellsberg states: “’Richard Nixon, if he were alive today, would feel vindicated that all the crimes he committed against me–which forced his resignation facing impeachment–are now legal. ’ (Thanks to the Patriot Act and other laws passed in recent years.) And he says all presidents since Nixon have violated the constitution, most recently President Obama, with the bombing of Libya.”
Now, 40 years to the day (June 13) of the release of those files to via the Washington Post, the full declassified Pentagon Papers report will be released to the public via the Nixon library.
Marking the anniversary, PBS will screen the title film on June 13 and 14. It is also currently available on netflix instant play.
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