As for the USA concerns re WikiLeaks, there is precedent: the 1971 Pentagon Papers
. The latter showed the lies of the USA administration in conducting the Vietnam War.
The difference between someone like Assange publishing whatever leaks land in his lap and, say, The Washington Post, which published the leaked documents known as the Pentagon Papers
, is mostly a lot of worry and process.
Speakers at the event include Pentagon Papers
whistleblower Daniel Ellsberg, actor Danny Glover, Codepink's Medea Benjamin, Grayzone journalist Max Blumenthal and a number of other journalists and activists.
The Pentagon Papers
are arguably the seminal point for press freedom in the democratic world.
Cases and examples discussed include the Pentagon Papers
, the Kiobel case, mass incarceration and social control, the separate but equal doctrine, and Japanese internment camps.
The Post depicts how in 1971 the Washington Post obtained, and chose to publish, a series of articles based on the Pentagon Papers
. A couple of years earlier I had lived in Washington, and my own experience links up with the story told in The Post.
They race against time to publish The Pentagon Papers
, and expose a massive cover-up of government secrets that spanned three decades and four U.S.
If Daniel Ellsberg had not handed over the copies of top-secret Pentagon Papers
on U.S political and military involvement in the Vietnam War, there would have been no way for the Post to obtain such a major scoop.
This time she plays Washington Post publisher Katharine Graham in the true story of the media defying the White House by publishing the Pentagon Papers
to uncover the truth about the Vietnam War.
Academy-award winning filmmaker Steven Spielberg directs Meryl Streep and Tom Hanks in a drama about the "Pentagon Papers
," a top-secret Department of Defense study of US political and military involvement in Vietnam from 1945 to 1967.
The Post is a dramatisation of the publishing of the infamous Pentagon Papers
by The Washington Post, and the people who were instrumental in unveiling decades of government lies concerning the Vietnam War.
The film follows Katharine Graham played by Streep who, as the first female publisher of The Washington Post, relies on the help of editor Ben Bradlee essayed by Tom Hanks to catch up with The New York Times to break the story of the classified Pentagon Papers
, which expose the US government's lies about the Vietnam War.