On this day in 1971 the New York Times began publishing what was called “The Pentagon Papers.” “The Pentagon Papers” were the confidential reports on the United States involvement in Vietnam which had been leaked to the press by Daniel Ellsberg. Ellsberg was a United States military analyst who while employed by the RAND Corporation released these secret documents. Daniel Ellsberg today is still living, he’s 82. He sure was a highly controversial figure back in the early 1970’s. In recent days his name has resurfaced with the Edward Snowden story.