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Sid Zion on breaking Ellsberg, 1971

Thursday, August 18, 2011 - 06:57 PM

The publication of the Pentagon Papers by the New York Times in 1971 caused more than a commotion --it precipitated the first of the "credibility gaps" between the US government and the American public. Listen to a interview with Sidney Zion, shortly after he broke the story on Daniel Ellsberg supplying the documents to the paper.

Zion (who was not affiliated with a news outlet at the time) broke the story on a WMCA radio show. In this raw interview by Eleanor Fischer at Sardi's Restaurant in New York City, he expounds on a recent visit he has just received from the FBI and how The New York Times editors are not pleased by the release of his "scoop" (Zion later claimed he was "a pariah among colleagues" for years). He closes by analyzing the handling of the situation by the press and the government, and matter-of-factly stating that "all governments are vicious."

Bonus: Listen to White House Press Secretary Ron Ziegler announce the release of the Pentagon Papers.

Ron Ziegler releases the Pentagon Papers

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