Monday, November 29, 2010

the Pentagon Papers Redux: The New York Times is Publishing More Secret Documents

In 1972, The New York Times won a significant victory for freedom of the press when it fought a federal government injunction against publication of the stolen Pentagon Papers (an internal Pentagon history of US involvement in the Vietnam War). That court victory opened the doors for what The Times has announced today it will be doing over the next several weeks: publishing secret documents related to US diplomacy.

Here's the story and The Times's rationale for its publication of these documents.

(Please note: the editing software of this blog does not allow me to format the headline. That means that "The New York Times" above cannot be italicized, but, according to the Chicago Manual of Style, which is what historians use, it should be. Please remember to always italicize titles in your writing. See my blog post from )

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