The Pentagon Papers Case - 35 Years Later

In a forum on communications law, the participants discussed the question, “The Pentagon Papers Case 35 Years Later: How Would the… read more

In a forum on communications law, the participants discussed the question, “The Pentagon Papers Case 35 Years Later: How Would the Court Decide Today?” They gave personal recollections of decisions involving the case, including reasons for delaying the publishing. The panelists compared the Vietnam War era situation to the National Security Agency (NSA) domestic surveillance program. Mr. Ellsberg also said that whistleblowers should not be afraid to reveal government secrets when that effort could save people’s lives, regardless of the penalties. Mr. Freeman moderated the discussion.

Mr. Ellsberg, a Defense Department analyst, leaked the Pentagon papers to the New York Times in 1971. Former New York Times Executive Editor Max Frankel was the Washington bureau chief at that time. David Rudenstine is the author of The Day the Presses Stopped: A History of the Pentagon Papers Case, published by the University of California Press. close

*The transcript for this program was compiled from uncorrected Closed Captioning.

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Program ID:
190706-1
Category:
Public Affairs Event
Format:
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Location:
La Quinta, California, United States
First Aired:
Jan 20, 2006
Last Aired:
Jun 13, 2011

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  • Jan 20, 2006 | 3:10pm EST | C-SPAN 1
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