‘The Post’ and the Pentagon Papers

The new movie “The Post” tells the story of the Pentagon Papers from a curious perspective that ignores much of the drama of the real history.

A screenshot from Steven Spielberg's film, 'The Post'.

Imagine a film about a backer of an American war in the Third World who, as a State Department official, decides to visit and observe that war firsthand. After many months he learns that most of what our leaders have been telling the public about the war was wrong.  In reality, our side was not winning, and most of the claims made for the effort

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How The Government Gained The Upper Hand Against Leakers

We may be entering a post-Pentagon Papers era that shifts the power back to political elites, who seem more emboldened to go after leakers.

In this Saturday, June 1, 2013 file photo, Daniel Ellsberg, the whistleblower responsible for releasing the Pentagon Papers, speaks during a rally in support of Army Pfc. Chelsea Manning, formerly Bradley Manning, outside the gates of Fort Meade, Md. On Wednesday, Aug. 21, 2013. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky)

In October 1969, a national security official named Daniel Ellsberg began secretly photocopying 7,000 classified Vietnam War documents. He had become increasingly frustrated with the systematic deception of top U.S. leaders who sought to publicly escalate a war that, privately, they knew was unwinnable. In March 1971 he leaked the documents –

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‘Pardon Snowden’ Campaign Takes Off As Sanders, Ellsberg, And Others Join

‘His bravery was a catalyst for the modern movement to defend democracy,’ said Malkia Cyril of Center for Media Justice

Unlike the Green Party’s Jill Stein, not one Republican or Democratic nominee has voiced any support for the NSA whistleblower or shown any willingness to allow him to return to the U.S. as a free man. (Photo: Tony Webster/CC)

Prominent activists, lawmakers, artists, academics, and other leading voices in civil society, including Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.), are joining the campaign to get a pardon for National Security Agency (NSA) whistleblower Edward Snowden. "The information disclosed by Edward Snowden has allowed Congress and the American people to understand the

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Whistleblower Daniel Ellsberg: Out Of The Ordinary Actions By Ordinary People Can Stop Wars

“It ain’t that hard to get people to torture,” Ellsberg lamented, but sometimes they’ll also work together to create change for the better.

Daniel Ellsberg

MINNEAPOLIS --- MintPress News is proud to host “Lied to Death,” a 13-part audio conversation between famed whistleblower Daniel Ellsberg and social justice activist Arn Menconi. Menconi wrote that these interviews are a “mixture of historical, political science and Dan’s sixty-year scholarly analysis as a former nuclear planner for Rand

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Daniel Ellsberg: New Cold War With Russia Could Escalate To Nuclear Threats

The Pentagon Papers whistleblower explained that the new Cold War is about trade, not human rights: ‘We wanted to freeze Russia out of it.’

U.S. President Barack Obama, right, and Russia's President Vladimir Putin pose for members of the media before a bilateral meeting Monday, Sept. 28, 2015, at United Nations headquarters. (Sergey Guneyev/RIA-Novosti, Kremlin Pool Photo via AP)

  MINNEAPOLIS --- MintPress News is proud to host “Lied to Death,” a 13-part audio conversation between famed whistleblower Daniel Ellsberg and social justice activist Arn Menconi. Menconi wrote that these interviews are a “mixture of historical, political science and Dan’s sixty-year scholarly analysis as a former nuclear planner for Rand

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Daniel Ellsberg: Most Americans Believe A ‘Fairy Tale’ About The Cold War

Richard Nixon was known for employing the ‘madman theory,’ in which world leaders were made to believe he had an insatiable lust for war combined with volatile, erratic behavior. But the ‘Pentagon Papers’ whistleblower suggests all nuclear policy is fundamentally mad.

Cuba President Fidel Castro gestures during an interview at the Presidential Palace for PBS’s MacNeil/Lehrer Newshour, Feb. 8, 1985, Havana, Cuba. Castro said closer U.S.-Cuban ties would ease global tensions but “I will not change a single one of my principles for a thousand relations with a thousands countries like the United States.” (AP Photo/Charles Tasnadi)

MINNEAPOLIS --- MintPress News is proud to host “Lied to Death,” a 13-part audio conversation between famed whistleblower Daniel Ellsberg and social justice activist Arn Menconi. Menconi wrote that these interviews are a “mixture of historical, political science and Dan’s sixty-year scholarly analysis as a former nuclear planner for Rand

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