Ellsberg's Sonofabitching Scandal

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“The sonofabitching thief is made a national hero and is going to get off on a mistrial, and the New York Times gets a Pultizer Prize for stealing documents...What is the name of God have we come to?” Those are the exact words that came out of President Nixon’s mouth on May 11, 1978 when the trial came to a close. Across the room, sits Daniel Ellsberg with smile on his face knowing that all those nights of staying up late to copy a 7,000 page 45 volume document was worth it. Identified as the leaker of this document, Ellsberg faced 13 counts of crime in theft, conspiracy, and espionage, all of these charges were dropped because of the numerous laws the government broke in order to put him into jail. After graduating from Harvard University…show more content…
Americans across the country were either surprised at the news of this or it only confirmed people’s suspicions about the role the U.S. government had taken in the conflict (Pentagon Papers-Vietnam War). On the other hand, governments workers and the president himself were angered. Never in a million years had the President thought that a topic secret documents would somehow get leaked to the press. Nixon sought for revenge by calling for an injunction to stop all printing of the Pentagon papers. Upon the New York Time’s third installment of the Pentagon Papers, all the secrets that were held in the papers had ceased. Ellsberg, who was desperate to continue the spread of the Pentagon Papers, reached out to the Washington Post (Frankel). The Washington Post had accepted and as soon as their first installment was published, were soon in the same boat as the New York Times. The Washington Post and The New York Times, both thought that their injunctions were uncalled for so, they both appealed it and a court date was set for them. On June 23, 1971, hearings for both medias were held and the D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals had voted 7 to 2 to deny an injunction against publication in the Washington Post, while the Second Circuit Court of Appeals had remanded the question of injunctive relief against the New York Times. The New York Times was allowed to appeal again, but this time, the case was taken to the Supreme Court. Luckily for the New York Times, they had won the case citing a violation of the First Amendment (Pentagon
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