Send a Tweet
Most Popular Choices
Share on Facebook 15 Share on Twitter 2 Printer Friendly Page More Sharing
OpEdNews Op Eds   

Reflections on the 40th Anniversary of the Pentagon Papers

By       (Page 1 of 1 pages)   1 comment
Message Daniel Ellsberg
Become a Fan
  (14 fans)

Dear Ellsberg.Net List Members,

Forty years ago today, on June 13, 1971, the New York Times began publishing the Pentagon Papers, provided to the Times by Daniel Ellsberg. 

Daniel had a very long day of media interviews today in commemoration, and in conjunction with today's official declassification of the Papers. 

Here are some highlight quotes from Daniel:

In an op-ed today for the Guardian (UK): "What we need released this month are the Pentagon Papers of Iraq and Afghanistan. . . ."

On NPR (audio): "Vietnam was a fiasco for thirty years, essentially, that would not have stood the light of public discussions had the very documents in the Pentagon Papers been available [much earlier] during that [whole] time. 50,000 American lives and several million Vietnamese died. . . because the Congress and the American public had been kept in the dark." On releasing them, "I expected to go to prison for life."

On NBC with Brian Williams (video): "The Pentagon Papers, the whole episode, reveals the power [government insiders] could have to save lives, and to save this country from disaster, if they were willing to risk their own careers."

On (web video extra): "A policy that looked increasingly crazy, or unproductive, or hopeless outside, was seen by many people inside, with all the access to the classified information, as just as crazy, and just as hopeless, a policy that could not have served any purpose other than to keep each president from being called. . . a 'quitter,' a 'loser,' in a war that was hopelessly stalemated and unwinnable."

On CBS (video, starts 18:45): Reading the Pentagon Papers for the first time "made me believe that what I was involved in, in Vietnam, was not a noble cause that had gone wrong. It was unjustified homicide." 

Last week, Daniel also spoke to the New York Times and CNN about the anniversary and the official declassification. 

Finally, if you haven't seen in already, "The Most Dangerous Man in America: Daniel Ellsberg and the Pentagon Papers" is streaming for free tonight and tomorrow (6/13-14) on the PBS site, in honor of the 40th anniversary of the Papers.  

Daniel will be doing a lot more media on these topics in the coming days. To hear the latest each day, follow Daniel on Facebook and Twitter

Thank you!

--Michael Ellsberg
(Daniel's son)


Rate It | View Ratings

Daniel Ellsberg Social Media Pages: Facebook page url on login Profile not filled in       Twitter page url on login Profile not filled in       Linkedin page url on login Profile not filled in       Instagram page url on login Profile not filled in

Daniel Ellsberg is a former US military analyst who in 1971 leaked the Pentagon Papers, which revealed how the US public had been misled about the Vietnam war
Go To Commenting
The views expressed herein are the sole responsibility of the author and do not necessarily reflect those of this website or its editors.
Writers Guidelines

Contact AuthorContact Author Contact EditorContact Editor Author PageView Authors' Articles
Support OpEdNews

OpEdNews depends upon can't survive without your help.

If you value this article and the work of OpEdNews, please either Donate or Purchase a premium membership.

If you've enjoyed this, sign up for our daily or weekly newsletter to get lots of great progressive content.
Daily Weekly     OpEd News Newsletter
   (Opens new browser window)

Most Popular Articles by this Author:     (View All Most Popular Articles by this Author)

A Memory of Howard

Why the Pentagon Papers Matter Now

Daniel Ellsberg: Snowden would not get a fair trial -- and Kerry is wrong

Trump's War on the Press

Progressives: In Swing States, Vote for Obama

Trump Threats to WikiLeaks "Nuclear Option" Against the First Amendment

To View Comments or Join the Conversation:

Tell A Friend