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Daniel Ellsberg

Famous Leaks in U.S. History

Daniel Ellsberg

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The most famous leak in American history came to light in June of 1971, when The New York Times began publishing sections of the so-called "Pentagon Papers." The documents had been leaked by Daniel Ellsberg, a former Defense Department analyst.

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