Most Dangerous Man in America Streams Free Online to Mark 40th Anniversary of Pentagon Papers

The Academy Award nominated documentary is streaming free on P.O.V.‘s website in recognition of the 40th Anniversary of the Pentagon Papers.

POV is marking the 40th anniversary of the publication of the Pentagon Papers with a special opportunity to watch The Most Dangerous Man in America: Daniel Ellsberg and the Pentagon Papers online.

The acclaimed documentary by Judith Ehrlich and Rick Goldsmith follows Daniel Ellsberg, a leading Vietnam War strategist, who concluded in 1971 that America’s role in the war was based on decades of lies. He leaked 7,000 pages of top-secret documents to The New York Times, a daring act of conscience that led directly to Watergate, President Nixon’s resignation, and the end of the Vietnam War.

This week not only marks the date the documents were originally published in The New York Times, but also when the Nixon Presidential Library and Museum will release the now declassified documents.

Read The New York Times piece on the 40th Anniversary of the Pentagon Papers and watch the trailer after the jump >>

On Monday’s PBS NewsHour, Jeffrey Brown discussed the papers then and now with presidential historian Michael Beschloss and Sanford Ungar, author of “The Papers & The Papers: An Account of the Legal and Political Battle Over the Pentagon Papers.”