Dec. 30, 1971: Daniel Ellsberg and Anthony Russo Jr. Are Indicted for Releasing the Pentagon Papers

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Daniel Ellsberg at the microphone and Anthony Russo Jr. standing behind him in glasses.

On December 30, 1971, Daniel Ellsberg, a Defense Department analyst, and his colleague, Anthony J. “Tony” Russo Jr., were indicted by a federal grand jury for releasing the Pentagon Papers to the news media. The papers were part of a 7,000-page, top secret history of the U.S. political and military involvement in the Vietnam War from 1945-71.

In other words, their “crime” was to make the American public aware of the history of the war.

Read the indictment at the Famous Trials website.

Read the free 100-page teaching guide from the Zinn Education Project on Ellsberg, the Pentagon Papers, the Vietnam War and see the film, The Most Dangerous Man in America: Daniel Ellsberg and the Pentagon Papers.

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  • It appears that history is repeating itself, again…The “crimes” of Ed Snowden and Chelsea are that the American public became aware of unConstitutional actions and lies of our US government. I see Daniel Ellsberg and Anthony Russo Jr. as brave men, hero status even comes to mind. How could society have forgotten so quickly?

    Response shared by Lucinda Hites-Clabaugh — January 6, 2015 @ 5:10 pm

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