In his own words, the crime -- On the evening of October 1, 1969, I walked out past the guards' desk at the Rand Corporation in Santa Monica, carrying a briefcase filled with Top Secret documents, which I planned to photocopy that night. The documents were part of a 7,000-page Top Secret study of U.S. decision-making in Vietnam, later known as the Pentagon Papers. The rest of the study was in a safe in my office. I had decided to copy it all and make it public: perhaps through Senate hearings, or the press if necessary. I believed this course, especially the latter possibility, would probably put me in prison for the rest of my life.
I surrendered to arrest and eventually faced indictment on twelve felony charges, facing a possible 115 years in prison.
Traitor or Hero? -- Perhaps the greatest whistle- blower in American history.
What kind of war was Vietnam? Civil War? Different groups within a country fight for control War of Conquest? One independent country tries to take over another independent country
Type? War of National Liberation? War to gain independence from a colonial power War of Imperialism? War for the resources of a smaller, weaker country Cold War conflict? Communism v. capitalism. US vs. USSR/China