Pentagon Papers Case

(1971)

In New York Times Co. v. United States, better known as the Pentagon Papers Case the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that the federal government's efforts to prevent the New York Times from publishing the so-called Pentagon Papers—more formally, History of U.S. Decision-Making Process on Viet Nam Policy, 1946–1967—violated the First Amendment right of freedom of the press. The case arose after Daniel Ellsberg, a military analyst who had served in the Pentagon and later worked at the RAND Corporation, became disillusioned with the war in Vietnam. While at RAND, a nonprofit think tank, he...

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