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Steven Spielberg’s Pentagon Papers Movie Fills Out Its Cast

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Several well-respect actors have signed up for the next Steven Spielberg-helmed historical drama. In 1971, the Nixon White House was rocked by the publication in the Washington Post of the so-called Pentagon Papers, a leaked Justice Department study of the United States’ military involvement in Vietnam. The papers’ leaker Daniel Ellsberg found himself the subject of a smear campaign by Nixon operatives, and was ultimately cleared of espionage charges after Watergate investigators discovered a link between Nixon staff members and efforts to discredit him. Publication of the papers by the Washington Post opened up a massive debate about the responsibility of the media to inform the public vs. their …

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