Daniel Ellsberg, the US military analyst who leaked the Pentagon’s secret files known as the “Pentagon Papers”, died on Friday at the age of 92, Reuters reported, citing a statement from his family. The materials leaked to the media as a result of Ellsberg’s actions were one of the factors that led to the withdrawal of US forces from the Vietnam War.
Daniel Ellsberg, a Vietnam War-era whistleblower who published classified material known as the “Pentagon Papers” in 1971, died on Friday, Reuters reported, citing information from the deceased’s family.
Ellsberg, 92, who was diagnosed with inoperable pancreatic cancer in February, died at his home in Kensington, California, his family said.
The Inconvenient Truth About the Vietnam War
Secret files from the Pentagon, disclosed by a military analyst at the time and given to the media, were supposed to prove that although members of the American government believed that the war in Vietnam, in which the United States was involved, was doomed, they did not inform the public about it for economic reasons. The publication of the Pentagon Papers was one of the factors leading to the withdrawal of US forces from Vietnam.
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