The Most Dangerous Man in America: Daniel Ellsberg and the Pentagon Papers


2010 | 92 min. minutes | Rated NR

The titular subject of The Most Dangerous Man in America isn't a serial killer or covert terrorist embedded in our midst, but Daniel Ellsberg, the man who leaked the Pentagon Papers to the New York Times in 1971. Chronicling the status, strategies, and motives of the United States' involvement in Vietnam, the huge, top-secret document inspired widespread outrage and protests, and deepened the American people's distrust in the government. While edifying and inspiring on the surface, America is ultimately depressing. Perhaps even more so than the rank-and-file citizenry, it should be required viewing for anyone in public office. The filmmakers don't push the issue of history repeating itself, but it would be difficult to ignore the fact that cover-ups and deliberate misinformation continue to pervade the relationships between government and governed, perhaps most lethally in times of war.


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Film Credits
Judith Ehrlich, Rick Goldsmith