The Most Dangerous Man in America: Daniel Ellsberg and the Pentagon Papers

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John Smith on Dec 10, 2022

In 1971, leading Vietnam War strategist Daniel Ellsberg concluded that the war was based on decades of lies. He leaked 7,000 pages of top-secret documents to the New York Times, a daring act of conscience that led directly to Watergate, President Nixon’s resignation and the end of the Vietnam War.


The Most Dangerous Man in America: Daniel Ellsberg and the Pentagon Papers is a 2009 documentary film directed by Judith Ehrlich and Rick Goldsmith. The film follows Daniel Ellsberg and explores the events leading up to the publication of the Pentagon Papers, which exposed the top-secret military history of the United States involvement in Vietnam.[1]

The film was shown on the PBS series POV in 2010, for which it earned a Peabody Award.[2][3]


From the archives:

Daniel Ellsberg on WikiLeaks, Iran, Iraq and Afghanistan + Deja Vu all over again by Cindy Sheehan

Why the Feds Fear Thinkers Like Howard Zinn by Chris Hedges

Whistle-Blowers: A Conversation with Ellsberg and Dean (2009)