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Is This a Press-Government Battle Paralleling Pentagon Papers?

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It has been 35 years since the New York Times and the Washington Post published excerpts from the Pentagon Papers, the massive Defense Department report on its clandestine effort to expand the Vietnam War. The disclosures set off an unprecedented media-government battle. U.S. News reports a similar battle may be shaping in the may current press/government conflicts over leaks, subpoena’s to reporters and investigations of journalists. “There are so many dimensions that are almost an exact replay,” Daniel Ellsberg, the ex-Marine who leaked the Pentagon Papers, tells the magazine. (6/5/06)