Friday, 23 July 2010

The Most Dangerous Man in America

Before Watergate (and leading up to it) were the revelations of the Pentagon Papers... which, I have to admit, I hadn't heard of before. But this movie, The Most Dangerous Man in America, reveals the history of these papers and, more particularly, that of Daniel Ellsberg, who risked going to jail to reveal these papers.

Daniel Ellsberg had a role to play in the ongoing Vietnam War, and was on the side of the war... for a while. Then he had his eyes opened, found out several truths about it, and decided to reveal all. After this big build up, the focus changes to the papers that ran the story, and the landmark decision that freed papers to publish 'top secret' documents.

However, and from a cynical point of view obviously, no-one really reacted to the contents of the documents, rather wanted to know more about the man, and there was a lot of focus on him. Certainly in today's world where it seems a story of a kitten playing with string can trump an item about world leaders conspiring to invade countries for oil, this doesn't surprise me at all.

Anyway, this documentary is about Daniel Ellsberg, and gives an interesting portrayal and reveals the truth about the Vietnam War. Interesting indeed!


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