Originally posted on Intelligence Analysis and Reporting:
Name: Open Secrets
Author: Alexander Star
Star, Alexander (2011). Open Secrets: WikiLeaks, War and American Diplomacy. New York: The New York Times Company
Date Posted: March 21, 2013
Nearly 40 years ago, the US government was rocked by the publication of what came to be known as the “Pentagon Papers”. In one of the most remarkable leaks in American political history, the documents – a hitherto secret official history of the Vietnam war – were handed to the New York Times. The leak was devastating because it revealed that Lyndon Johnson’s administration had systematically lied over a number of years on aspects of the Vietnam conflict. It played a big role in turning US public opinion further against the Vietnam conflict.
In 2010 the anti-secrecy organization known as WikiLeaks made headlines around the world when it released thousands of classified U.S. government diplomatic…
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