The Burger Court (1969–86)

First Amendment

How did the newspapers acquire a copy of the Pentagon Papers?

Daniel Ellsberg, one of the authors of the study, made a copy of the Pentagon Papers for Neil Sheehan, a reporter with the New York Times. Ellsberg, a former Marine and consultant to the Department of Defense and the State Department, believed that the study needed to be released to expose government dishonesty. Ellsberg had access to the study because he worked at the Rand Corporation, a research institution specializing in national security issues that worked with the federal government. He also gave copies of parts of the story to other newspapers, including the Washington Post.


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