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  1. The Pentagon Papers

  2. Daniel Ellsberg • Former Marine; served as a military analyst before and during the Vietnam War • On duty at the Pentagon the night of the Gulf of Tonkin incident • Became a policy analyst and worked for the Pentagon Extremely high security clearance

  3. The Pentagon Papers • A study done by the Pentagon of presidential decision-making during the Vietnam War • Daniel Ellsberg contributed • The report would have embarrassed five presidents (Truman, Eisenhower, Kennedy, Johnson and Nixon) • Exposed Johnson and Nixon as having lied to the American people

  4. 1969 Ellsberg copied these top secret documents

  5. The Pentagon Papers Leaked! 1970 He tried to present the information to Sen. Fulbright and Sen. McGovern …neither would take a chance

  6. The Press The New York Times ran the first of nine stories based upon the Pentagon Papers in 1971

  7. The Nixon administration Gained a court-ordered injunction to suspend the NY Times’ right to print this material

  8. New York Times Co. v. United States (1971) The issue: Freedom of the Press Prior Restraint – censorship in advance of the actual material

  9. The Supreme Court Decides in Favor of the New York Times (6-3) Ellsberg was found not guilty of treason (he faced ten years in prison)

  10. Freedom of the PressToday “EVERY attack now made on WikiLeaks and Julian Assange was made against me and the release of the Pentagon Papers at the time.” - Ellsberg