The video called “The Most Dangerous Man in America: Daniel Ellsberg” is a documentary that covers the incident in which the classified information on the war in Vietnam was leaked to the New York Times. Daniel Ellsberg, the person responsible for the action was charged by the Nixon Administration for espionage and was tried, only for the trial to be ruled a mistrial in 1973. More importantly, the Supreme Court would go on to rule in favor of the New York Times for publishing the information provided by Ellsberg. The video goes into details in the reason why Ellsberg leaked the information about the Vietnam War from the Pentagon papers. It also shows the risk Ellsberg took in order to make sure the information is revealed to the public, including how Ellsberg’s family would be in danger as a result of the suspicions in regards to his activities.

My reaction to the documentary is that it is hard to fathom the pressure Daniel Ellsberg might have went through when he worked to get the information to be made public. There will be divided opinions on whether Ellsberg have done the right thing or not, but there is no doubt that what he did was bold. Personally, I was somewhat conflicted in regards to Ellsberg’s actions but ultimately, I believe he have done the right thing. While what Ellsberg did wasn’t the ideal way to get the classified information to be revealed to the public, the actions by the Nixon Administration to cover up the wrongdoings on their part and even broke into Ellsberg’s office so they can find they evidence they need to discredit him shows the lengths by Nixon and his staff to keep the people from knowing the truth. I also believe that the public deserves the right to know the truth of what was going on. At the time, the information in the Pentagon Papers about the Vietnam War was kept secret because if the contents were revealed, it would hurt the administration’s efforts to continue U.S. involvement in the war.

While there may be debates regarding Daniel Ellsberg’s legacy as a result of leaking the Pentagon Papers, his actions ultimately turns out to be the right thing. Despite knowing the consequence of his actions, Ellsberg was bold enough to do what he believed was representative of the American freedom.

http://www.mostdangerousman.org/

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