Pentagon Papers

  • The Documents Daniel Ellsberg Didn't Leak

    While famous for leaking the Pentagon Papers in 1971, the researcher and activist has revealed that he had another stash of secret papers—about American nuclear war planning—that he felt a duty to publicize. He never did release them, but is committed in his last days to work against nuclear war. 

  • In Vietnam, the Pentagon Papers Are History Written by the Defeated

    by Lien-Hang Nguyen

    A Vietnamese historian explains how the Pentagon Papers have become a foundation of domestic histories of war (both before and during US involvement) even as the Vietnamese government has declined to release its own official histories of the conflict. 

  • Secrets That Were No Secret, Lessons That Were Not Learned

    by Andrew Bacevich

    The Pentagon Papers are a document of the hubris and ignorance of American military leaders in the Vietnam era, but Andrew Bacevich warns that the idea that global problems are amenable to being solved by American arms remains dangerously popular. 

  • Now It Can Be Told: How Neil Sheehan Got the Pentagon Papers

    Award-winning journalist Neil Sheehan told an interviewer the story of how he got the Pentagon Papers, on the condition that the story could not be published while he was alive. His passing this week opens up new knowledge in the history of press freedom and the Vietnam war.

  • Neil Sheehan, Reporter Who Obtained the Pentagon Papers, Dies at 84

    Neil Sheehan's earned skepticism of the rightness of the American mission in Vietnam made him the reporter to whom Daniel Ellsberg leaked the Pentagon Papers in 1971. He won a Pulitzer Prize and a National Book Award for his volume "A Bright Shining Lie" about the war.