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Linda Brown 1943–2018

1971: Fiftieth anniversary

The Pentagon Papers

David McGill reflects on the significance of the release of the Pentagon Papers

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An advert for a movie called The Post (about the leaking of the Pentagon Papers)

The Pentagon Papers (or Report of the Office of the Secretary of Defence Vietnam Task Force) was a top-secret document that covered US involvement in Vietnam from 1945 to 1967. The report was prepared by the US Defence Department, but parts of it were leaked by Daniel Ellsberg (one of the analysts who had worked on it).

In 1971, the New York Times published excerpts of the report and the US government tried to halt any further publication. The New York Times and the Washington Post joined forces to challenge this and after the case went to the Supreme Court the newspapers were allowed to continue to publish the report.

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Linda Brown 1943–2018

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