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The Trial of Daniel Ellsberg

Lecture no. 16 from the course: Liberty on Trial in America: Cases That Defined Freedom

The Trial of Daniel Ellsberg

Taught by Professor Douglas O. Linder | 30 min | Categories: The Great Courses Plus Online History Courses

Is it legal for an individual to copy top-secret documents and release them to the press? Is it legal for agents of the government to break into a psychiatrist’s office to look for information about a criminal defendant? Can the government legally stop a newspaper from publishing classified material? Explore how these questions—and their answers from the courts—affected the country’s political life during the Nixon administration, and ultimately led to the president’s resignation.