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Pentagon Papers. A CIA map of dissident activities in Indochina published as part of the Pentagon papers The Pentagon Papers, officially titled United States – Vietnam Relations, 1945–1967: A Study Prepared by the Department of Defense, is a United States Department of Defense history of the United States' political-military involvement in Vietnam from 1945 to 1967.

Pentagon Papers

The papers were discovered and released by Daniel Ellsberg, and first brought to the attention of the public on the front page of The New York Times in 1971.[1] A 1996 article in The New York Times said that the Pentagon Papers had demonstrated, among other things, that the Johnson Administration "systematically lied, not only to the public but also to Congress. "[2] Daniel Ellsberg. Daniel Ellsberg (born April 7, 1931) is an activist and former United States military analyst who, while employed by the RAND Corporation, precipitated a national political controversy in 1971 when he released the Pentagon Papers, a top-secret Pentagon study of U.S. government decision-making in relation to the Vietnam War, to The New York Times and other newspapers.

Daniel Ellsberg

Ellsberg was charged under the Espionage Act of 1917 along with other charges of theft and conspiracy, carrying a total maximum sentence of 115 years. Due to gross governmental misconduct and illegal evidence gathering, and the defense by Leonard Boudin and Harvard Law School professor Charles Nesson, Judge Byrne dismissed all charges against Ellsberg on May 11, 1973. Ellsberg was awarded the Right Livelihood Award in 2006. He is also known for popularizing part of decision theory, the Ellsberg paradox.

Early life and career[edit] On his return from South Vietnam, Ellsberg resumed working at RAND. No one who's been paying attention should be surprised by the WikiLeaks documents about the war in Afghanistan. - By Fred Kaplan. Just because some documents are classified doesn't mean that they're news or even necessarily interesting.

No one who's been paying attention should be surprised by the WikiLeaks documents about the war in Afghanistan. - By Fred Kaplan

A case in point is the cache of 92,000 secret documents about the Afghanistan war that someone leaked to WikiLeaks, which passed them on to the New York Times, Britain's Guardian, and Der Spiegel in Germany. All three published several of these documents—presumably the highlights—in today's editions. Fred Kaplan is the author of The Insurgents and the Edward R.

Murrow press fellow at the Council on Foreign Relations. Follow Some of the conclusions to be drawn from these files: Afghan civilians are sometimes killed. If any of this startles you, then welcome to the world of reading newspapers. Daniel Ellsberg describes Afghan war logs as on a par with 'Pentagon Papers' Daniel Ellsberg, a former US military analyst, has described the disclosure of the Afghan war logs as on the scale of his leaking of the "Pentagon Papers" in 1971 revealing how the US public was misled about the Vietnam war.

Daniel Ellsberg describes Afghan war logs as on a par with 'Pentagon Papers'

"An outrageous escalation of the war is taking place," he said. "Look at these cables and see if they give anybody the occasion to say the answer is 'resources''. He added: "After $300bn and 10 years, the Taliban is stronger than they have ever been … We are recruiting for them. " However, the equivalent of the Pentagon Papers on Afghanistan – top secret papers relating to policy – had yet to be leaked, he said. People could read the logs to discover what they now need to ask, such as what their money was being spent on, he said.

The New Pentagon Papers: WikiLeaks Releases 90,000+ Secret Military Documents Painting Devastating Picture of Afghanistan War. Wikileaks' Afghanistan War Log vs. the Pentagon Papers. Pause for a moment before accepting the comparison that Wikileaks founder Julian Assange makes between his release of more than 90,000 secret military documents about the Afghan fighting to that of the Pentagon Papers back in 1971.

Wikileaks' Afghanistan War Log vs. the Pentagon Papers

In his interview with The Guardian, Assange said, "The nearest analogue is the Pentagon Papers that exposed how the United States was prosecuting the war in Vietnam. " There are some major differences. In the first place, the Pentagon Papers was a top secret history of the U.S. political and military involvement in Vietnam from 1945 through 1967 ordered by then-Defense Secretary Robert S. McNamara which was pulled together by military historians. In its initial articles, The New York Times focused on the credibility gap the Pentagon Papers disclosed between what Presidents Lyndon Johnson and Richard Nixon had said publicly about the U.S. involvement in Vietnam, and what was being said privately. One thing will be the same. Ellsberg: ‘These documents are not the Pentagon Papers’