Los Angees, CA (PressReleaser) June 13, 2011 — Los Angeles, CA – BACM Research/Pentagon-Papers.com has announced the publishing of the Pentagon Papers in their entirety, which has never been before available anywhere before June 13, 2011. This release Includes 2,400 pages never seen before June 13, 2011. The Pentagon Papers are now completely declassified and fully available.
BACM Research/Pentagon-Papers.com researcher Jerry Spencer says, “From now on the best reference for the Pentagon Papers will be the actual Pentagon Papers.”
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.
This publishing of the complete Pentagon Papers is now available with no redactions compared to previous releases.
This copy of the report is exactly as it was presented by Leslie Gelb to Secretary of Defense Clark Clifford on January 15, 1969.
This publishing includes all the supplemental background documentation. In the Gravel Edition only 20% of these documents in Part V.B. were 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.
PROBLEMS WITH PREVIOUS RELEASES OF THE PENTAGON PAPERS
Having the complete 7,000 pages of the report solves problems that were inherent in the previously leaked and partially declassified published editions. Until June 13, 2011 no one except those cleared to view the formerly top secret document has actually seen the real Pentagon Papers.
New York Times Publishing - The papers that were first published were only a small fraction of the complete 7,000 page report. The conditions under which they were copied and urgency to quickly release the information limited how well the report could be reproduced.
Gravel Edition - Additional pages of the report were leaked to members of the U.S. Congress. Democratic Alaskan Senator Mike Gravel entered his copy of 4,100 pages from the report into the Congressional record. The publishing company Beacon Press than published those pages in book form. The poor quality of the pages leaked to Senator Gravel meant that the Beacon Press reproduction had words, paragraphs, and complete pages missing, compared to the original of same sections in the complete report. The editors at Beacon Press arranged the volumes in an order different from the original report. Three volumes not leaked were completely missing from the Grave edition, Part IV.A.1., NATO and SEATO: A Comparison; Part IV.A.4., U.S. Training of the Vietnamese National Army, 1954-1959; and Part IV.C.10., Statistical Survey of the War, North and South: 1965-1967.
House Committee on Armed Services Version - The House Committee on Armed Services also published its version of the Pentagon Papers in 1971. This version went through declassification review before release. This meant that much of the material was redacted and is missing from this publishing.
ABOUT THE REPORT
This 7,000 page report commonly referred to as the Pentagon Papers was commissioned by Secretary of Defense Robert McNamara in 1967. McNamara appointed Defense Department officials John McNaughton, Morton Halperin, and Leslie Gelb to lead a task force named the Vietnam Study Task Force, to complete a history of United States involvement in the Vietnam War. The task force completed its duty and produced a 47 volume report on the history of U.S. decision-making on Vietnam policy known as the Report of the OSD (Office of Secretary of Defense) Vietnam Task Force and given the title United States-Vietnam Relations 1945-1967. The report was given the classification Top Secret. It was drawn from information gathered from classified documents from the Department of Defense, CIA, Department of State, and the White House.
Years later McNamara would say he requested the report so that in the future historians would have a written record of the Vietnam War. Measures were taken to make even the creation of the report a guarded secret. As few people as possible were made aware of the work on the report. President Lyndon Johnson and Secretary of State Dean Rusk were not informed about the work of the task force. Johnson and Rusk did not learn about the task force's report until after it was leaked to the New York Times. “I never thought to mention the project to the President or the Secretary of State,” McNamara wrote in his memoirs. “It was hardly a secret, however, nor could it have been with 36 researchers and analysts ultimately involved.”
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