The Pentagon Papers




This film is based on the true story of Daniel Ellsberg, hired by Pentagon in 1967 to research and write the historical study of the Vietnam War that became known as the Pentagon Papers, who copied and leaked some of the papers to the New York Times that began to publish them in 1971, "the high-ranking Pentagon official whose greatest act of Patriotism was an act of Treason. At the height of the Vietnam War, Ellsberg turned over a 7000 page classified Department of Defense document to reporters at The New York Times and Washington Post, which proved that the war in Vietnam could not be won. Historians widely regard this act as being a seminal moment in the anti-war effort to bring American soldiers home from Southeast Asia." (FX)


revised 2/4/03 by Schoenherr | Ellsberg clip | Filmnotes