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Daniel Ellsberg, who leaked the Pentagon Papers to journalists in 1971, died June 16 at the age of 92. The Pentagon Papers were 7,000 pages of top-secret documents about U.S. decision-making in Vietnam. Ellsberg faced life in prison and threats from President Nixon for leaking the Papers, but he changed the course of the Vietnam War and became a champion of press freedom. Nixon’s national security advisor, Henry Kissinger, privately said Ellsberg was the “most dangerous man in America and must be stopped at all costs.” In 2017, Ellsberg told The Washington Post, “Almost no single revelation will cause significant change by itself, but in combination with other information and other truth-telling, courage is contagious.” Subscribe to The Washington Post on YouTube:

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