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On 40th anniversary, Pentagon Papers finally released

Forty years ago today, The New York Times published parts of the Pentagon Papers, a 7,000-page secret government report on U.S. involvement in the Vietnam War released by whistleblower Daniel Ellsberg.

In honor of that anniversary, the federal government officially released the Pentagon Papers for the first time in their complete, un-redacted form.

You can read the documents in online, searchable form at the Washington Post website.

Daniel Ellsberg is one of the most famous whistleblowers in American history. In leaking the Pentagon Papers, he revealed the deceptive actions of presidential administrations helmed by Lyndon B. Johnson, John F. Kennedy and others as they escalated the situation in Vietnam while keeping Congress and the public in the dark about what was really going on.

It may be 40 years late, but at least the Pentagon Papers are now completely available to the public.

– Morgan Watkins

Morgan Watkins is SPJ’s summer Pulliam/Kilgore Freedom of Information intern and a University of Florida student. Reach her by email ( or connect with her on Twitter (@morganwatkins26).



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