People should consider this anniversary when contemplating the importance of allowing whistleblower releases and investigative journalism like that taking place en masse with the WikiLeaks and other document releases…
AUSTIN, Texas — Precisely 40 years after they began to appear in The New York Times, triggering a constitutional crisis over freedom of the press, the Pentagon Papers will be released at the Lyndon B. Johnson Library and Museum and other sites Monday.
Officials with the Lyndon B. Johnson Library on the University of Texas at Austin campus have scheduled a news conference to unveil the once-top secret, 7,000-page Pentagon study of the Vietnam War first leaked to The New York Times. Simultaneous releases of the papers also are planned at the John F. Kennedy Library in Boston; Richard Nixon Library in Yorba Linda, Calif.; and the National Archives at College Park, Md.
The Times began publishing the documents 40 years ago until a federal judge halted the publication. A fragmented U.S. Supreme Court struck down the ruling. In the meantime, The Washington Post published the documents.
The release also comes 38 years after President Johnson himself asked Nixon, his presidential successor, to release them to the public, the Austin American-Statesman reported Sunday. Johnson died 10 days later of a heart attack.
The LBJ Library has had a complete set of the report documents since 1969. Former Johnson aide Tom Johnson said the documents leaked to The Times and The Post did not include a section about secret Johnson administration efforts to negotiate peace with North Vietnam.