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The Most Dangerous Man in America: Daniel Ellsberg and the Pentagon Papers will be available to watch June 13-14, 2011 in honor of the 40th anniversary of the release of the Pentagon Papers.


Richard Nixon, if he were alive today, might take bittersweet satisfaction to know that he was not the last smart president to prolong unjustifiably a senseless, unwinnable war, at great cost in human life… He would probably also feel vindicated (and envious) that ALL the crimes he committed against me – which forced his resignation facing impeachment – are now legal.
—  Daniel Ellsberg, in an interview with CNN.

“The public is lied to every day by the President, by his spokespeople, by his officers. If you can’t handle the thought that the President lies to the public for all kinds of reasons, you couldn’t stay in the government at that level, or you’re made aware of it, a week. … The fact is Presidents rarely say the whole truth—essentially, never say the whole truth—of what they expect and what they’re doing and what they believe and why they’re doing it and rarely refrain from lying, actually, about these matters.”

- Daniel Ellsberg, whistleblower, activist and former military analyst for the RAND corporation who, in 1971, released The Pentagon Papers, a top secret Pentagon study of U.S government decision making about the Vietnam war. He was the first whistleblower to be tried under the espionage act.

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Daniel Ellsberg is famous for leaking “the Pentagon Papers.”

The Pentagon Papers revealed the government had from the beginning been very aware the Vietnam War was likely unwinnable, the government knew casualties would be far higher than it claimed, the Johnson Administration had consistently lied to Congress about Vietnam.

Daniel Ellsberg was recently featured on DemocracyNow! with Amy Goodman and Juan González – How the Pentagon Papers Came to be Published – where he said:

Daniel Ellsberg: The Pentagon Papers, the equivalent of them, exist in safes in Washington, all over Washington, not only in the Pentagon, but in the CIA and the State Department and elsewhere.

Already in the works.