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2 Daniel Ellsberg and the Pentagon Papers Protest of a Different Sort

3 According to Secretary of State Henry Kissinger, The most dangerous man in America.

4 In the 1960s, Ellsberg is an insider

5 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.

6 NYTs and Washington Post Obtain Copies

7 I surrendered to arrest and eventually faced indictment on twelve felony charges, facing a possible 115 years in prison.

8 Traitor or Hero? -- Perhaps the greatest whistle- blower in American history.

9 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

10 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


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