The media’s amnesia over smearing the Pentagon Papers leaker as a Russian spy exposes their refusal to admit they’ve been duped | WHAT REALLY HAPPENED

The media’s amnesia over smearing the Pentagon Papers leaker as a Russian spy exposes their refusal to admit they’ve been duped

June 13 marked 50 years since The New York Times published the Pentagon Papers, an extensive internal history of Washington’s covert and overt political, military, and intelligence activities in Vietnam 1945–1967.

The documents, leaked by Department of Defense whistleblower Daniel Ellsberg, revealed that successive US governments had ever-increasingly ramped up aggressive attacks on North Vietnam in the years leading up to Congress officially authorizing the use of conventional military force against the country in August 1964, systematically lying to the media, the public, and lawmakers every step of the way.

Ellsberg’s leak triggered an intense debate about press freedom, national security, and freedom of information in the US, and set off a chain of events that ultimately led to the 1972 Watergate scandal, and resignation of President Richard Nixon two years later.

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