On June 13, 2011 the "Pentagon Papers" were declassified 40 years after they were leaked to New York Times reporter Neil Sheehan by Daniel Ellsberg. Officially titled United States – Vietnam Relations, 1945–1967: A Study Prepared by the Department of Defense, the top-secret study was the work of a task force commissioned by Secretary of Defense Robert McNamara without the knowledge of President Lyndon Johnson. The 4,000 pages of documents and 3,000 pages of historical analysis exposed the United States government's deception regarding its policies and practices in the conduct of the Vietnam War.
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The "declassified" files were released to the Richard Nixon Presidential Library and Museum in Yorba Linda, California
“EVERY attack now made on WikiLeaks and Julian Assange was made against me and the release of the Pentagon Papers at the time.”
Daniel Ellsberg, December 8, 2010
Daniel Ellsberg speaks about the charges against Bradley Manning on the Democracy Now website.
Ellsberg participates in a panel discussion of "Wikileaks, the Internet and Democracy".
"Wikileaks Q&A with Daniel Ellsberg, the man behind the Pentagon Papers" Christian Science Monitor, July 29, 2010
"Wikileaks Vs. the Pentagon Papers" by David Martin CBS News July 26, 2011