Daniel Ellsberg

Secrets: A Memoir of Vietnam and the Pentagon Papers

Daniel Ellsberg

Talk: Secrets: A Memoir of Vietnam and the Pentagon Papers

Daniel Ellsberg visits Google's Mountain View, CA headquarters to discuss his book "Secrets: A Memoir of Vietnam and the Pentagon Papers." Richard Nixon made attempts to prevent anymore extracts from the Pentagon Papers being published. The Supreme Court ruled against Nixon. Ellsberg's trial, on twelve felony counts posing a possible sentence of 115 years, was dismissed in 1973 on grounds of governmental misconduct against him, which led to the convictions of several White House aides and figured in the impeachment proceedings against President Richard Nixon.

Daniel Ellsberg

Daniel Ellsberg is a former American military analyst employed by the RAND Corporation who precipitated a national political controversy in 1971 when he released the Pentagon Papers, a top-secret Pentagon study of government decision-making about the Vietnam War, to The New York Times and other newspapers.

The Book

Covering the decade between his entry into the Pentagon and Nixon's resignation, Secrets is Ellsberg's meticulously detailed insider's account of the secrets and lies that shaped American foreign policy during the Vietnam era. Ellsberg provides a vivid eyewitness account of the two years he spent behind the lines in Vietnam as a State Department observer

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