Daniel Ellsberg and the Pentagon Papers

In 1971 Daniel Ellsberg, a high-level Pentagon official and a war strategist, concludes that the Vietnam war is based on decades of lies and leaks 7,000 pages of top secret documents to The New York Times, making headlines around the world. Hailed as a hero, vilified as a traitor, and ostracized by even his closest colleagues, Ellsberg risks life in prison to stop a war he helped plan.

This story of one man’s profound change of heart is also a piercing look at the world of government secrecy as revealed by the ultimate insider. Marked by a landmark battle between America’s greatest newspapers and its president — that goes to the Supreme Court — this political thriller unravels a saga that leads directly to Watergate, Nixon’s resignation and the end of the Vietnam War.

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  1. I sometimes try to imagine what the world would be like if all men had the courage, decency and honor as do men like Daniel Ellsberg, Edward Snowden and Julian Assange. It’s so foreign to me, I can’t even get close.

    Maybe it would be best if we destroy ourselves now and end the suffering, that will only continue to get worse. Possibly those that may take our place later could learn from our horrible, often repeated, mistakes.

  2. makes julian assange look like a school girl sissy.