The War of Leaks


Lyndon Johnson with Dean Rusk at the White House in 1967.

“Leaks have been in the news a lot lately, but unauthorized disclosures of secret information have long been a staple of Washington politics and journalism — including during the Vietnam War. Of course, there’s the granddaddy of all leaks: Daniel Ellsberg’s release of most of the immense Pentagon Papers study of American decision-making in Vietnam to Neil Sheehan of The New York Times, which after months of clandestine preparations began publishing excerpts in June 1971, followed by other newspapers after the Nixon Administration tried to suppress the revelation. But there were other, less memorable but still important leak episodes. Largely forgotten today, the ‘Marigold Affair,’ involving diplomats on both sides of the Iron Curtain, stands out as much for its cloak-and-dagger Cold War intrigue as it does for its significance — for in it lies an object lesson in why a negotiated peace was so hard to achieve in Vietnam. Long concealed, this subterranean struggle has more fully emerged thanks to the release of reporters’ notes and opening of non-American, especially long-shut Communist, archives. …”
NY Times

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