THE PENTAGON PAPERS TRIAL

 

INTRODUCTION

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The charge was theft of information. Daniel Ellsberg and Anthony Russo were charged with stealing the classified, top secret Pentagon Papers study from the U.S. Government. The study detailed the secret history of our involvement in Vietnam. The trial and issues raised in it were to result in our eventual withdrawal from South Vietnam and to blow open the Watergate Conspiracy.

 

“Professor Salter has done an impressive job in condensing the voluminous transcript material  from the Pentagon Papers case into an effort which can be understood with great interest by the general reader and college student alike. . . . His choice of focusing on the charge of theft encourages the reader to deal with the most interesting aspect of the trial and simultaneously, to evaluate broader issues in law, ethics, and social policy.”

— Prof. Paul von Blum

Dept. of Interdisciplinary Studies

U.C. Berkeley