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Pentagon Papers

The Pentagon Papers, officially titled "Report of the Office of the Secretary of Defense Vietnam Task Force", was commissioned by Secretary of Defense Robert McNamara in 1967. In June of 1971, small portions of the report were leaked to the press and widely distributed. However, the publications of the report that resulted from these leaks were incomplete and suffered from many quality issues.

On the 40th anniversary of the leak to the press, the National Archives, along with the Kennedy, Johnson, and Nixon Presidential Libraries, has released the complete report. The 48 boxes in this series contain a complete copy of the 7,000 page report along with numerous copies of different volumes of the report, all declassified. Approximately 34% of the report is available for the first time.


What is unique about this, compared to other versions, is that:

  • The complete Report is now available with no redactions compared to previous releases

  • The Report is presented as Leslie Gelb presented it to then Secretary of Defense Clark Clifford on January 15, 1969

  • All the supplemental back-documentation is included. In the Gravel Edition, 80% of the documents in Part V.B. were not included

  • This release includes the complete account of peace negotiations, significant portions of which were not previously available either in the House Armed Services Committee redacted copy of the Report or in the Gravel Edition

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"The Pentagon Papers" encompass a very large amount of information. Their modern equivalent is "Wiki Leaks".

There is much information readily available on the internet about "The Pentagon Papers"..

One hyperlink is: Pentagon Papers - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

I prepared an Excel file (PP Index.xls) many years ago to help me with it. I've called it "Pentagon Papers Index" in the hyperlink below these notes.

If you don't have "Microsoft Excel" you should be able to download a free Excel Viewer from the Microsoft web site. Typing the search terms "excel" and "viewer" in most search engines will find you the hyperlink.

I copied a lot of files that were of interest to me and these are on this web site. There are two different types of hyperlinks in the Excel File - side by side. One is a hyperlink to the file on this web site. The other is a hyperlink to the same files on external web sites. If neither of these work you may still be able to obtain the file by using a search engine. Use the text in the column "Heading".


Pentagon Papers Index

This is an Excel File which contains references to many files I have downloaded. Hyperlinks may not work correctly. Most files can be found using the external hyperlink below (and one column left)
Vincent Ferraro, Resources for the Study of International Relations and Foreign Policy Excellent "history" web site - many areas of interest including "Pentagon Papers". Site specific "Search Engine"