Tuesday, June 14, 2011

Pentagon Papers All Online

On June 13, 1971, the New York Times published the first of a series of excerpts from a massive report about the Vietnam War (prepared in 1969) that were copied and leaked by Daniel Ellsberg. After that, Senator Mike Gravel read much of the report into the record and it was published by Beacon Press.

Photo: Joint Chiefs of Staff meet at the LBJ Ranch, 12/22/1964,
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But the different versions that were made public have never been complete. Yesterday, on the fortieth anniversary of the original publication, the National Archives and Records Administration, along with the Kennedy, Johnson, and Nixon presidential libraries, released a digital version of the entire report—about 7,000 pages.

For more about the entire controversy and the Pentagon Papers case, New York Times v. United States, 403 U.S. 713, Justia (1971) (denying the government an injunction against publication), see
  • Pentagon Papers, Wikipedia (last modified June 14, 2011)
  • David Rudenstine, The Day the Presses Stopped: A History of the Pentagon Papers Case (1996), KF228.N52 R84 1996 at Classified Stacks
  • The New York Times Company v. United States: A Documentary History [of] the Pentagon Papers Litigation (James C. Goodale ed., 1971), KF228.N4 G6 v.2
  • Peter Schrag, Test of Loyalty: Daniel Ellsberg and the Rituals of Secret Government (1974), KF224.E46 S37 at Classified Stacks
  • Sanford J. Ungar, The Papers & the Papers: An Account of the Legal and Political Battle over the Pentagon Papers (1972), E855.U5 1972 at Classified Stacks
  • Conscientious Action: The Revelation of the Pentagon Papers (Peter A. French ed., 1974), JC328.3.C65 at Classified Stacks
  • Kenneth W. Salter, The Pentagon Papers Trial (1975), KF224.E46 S25 at Classified Stacks
  • Neil Sheehan, The Pentagon Papers as Published by the New York Times (1971), E183.8.V5 P4 1971a at Classified Stacks

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