Monday, June 13, 2011

Pentagon Papers Released 6/13/11

On June 13, 2011 at noon ET the National Archives will release online all 7,000 pages of the Pentagon Papers, the informal name for the "Report of the Office of the Secretary of Defense Vietnam Task Force" commissioned by Secretary of Defense Robert McNamara in 1967. According to the National Archives, this version is unique for the following reasons:
  • No redactions compared to previous versions
  • Presented as Leslie Gelb presented it to Secretary of Defense Clark Clifford on Jan. 15, 1969
  • Includes all the supplemental back-documentation.
  • Includes the complete account of peace negotiations, significant portions of which were not previously available either in the House Armed Services Committee redacted copy or in the Gravel Edition.
For more information including how to access a hard copy, see the Press Release.