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RIP New York Times Reporter and American Hero Neil Sheehan: The Real Story of the Pentagon Papers

There was one story  Neil Sheehan  chose not to tell. It was the story of how he had obtained the Pentagon Papers, the blockbuster scoop that led to a 1971 showdown between the Nixon administration and the press, and to a Supreme Court ruling that is still seen as a milepost in government-press relations. From the moment he secured the 7,000 pages of classified government documents on the Vietnam War for The New York Times,  until his death on Thursday , Mr. Sheehan, a former Vietnam War correspondent and Pulitzer Prize-winning author, declined nearly every invitation to explain precisely how he had pulled it off. In 2015, however, at a reporter’s request, he agreed to tell his story on the condition that it not be published while he was alive. Beset by scoliosis and Parkinson’s disease, he recounted, in a four-hour interview at his home in Washington, a tale as suspenseful and cinematic as anyone in Hollywood might concoct. To keep reading this article, click here.  

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