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


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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