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'Pentagon Papers' film at college

The Oscar-nominated documentary "The Most Dangerous Man in America: Daniel Ellsberg and the Pentagon Papers," plays at 2 p.m. Thursday, June 3, in the Peninsula College Little Theater, 1502 E. Lauridsen Blvd., Port Angeles.

The free screening is followed immediately by a panel discussion featuring Peninsula College staff from the college's student newspaper The Buccaneer. The students will talk about the film and their recent trip to New York City, where they met Ellsberg.

Ellsberg earned the name "the most dangerous man in America" from President Nixon's National Security Advisor Henry Kissinger, who said Ellsberg "had to be stopped at all costs" after he smuggled a top-secret Pentagon study to The New York Times that showed how five presidents consistently lied to the American people about the Vietnam War that was killing millions and tearing America apart.

Ensuing events surrounding the so-called Pentagon Papers led directly to Watergate and the downfall of President Nixon and hastened the end of the Vietnam War.

The film was directed by Judith Ehrlich and Rick Goldsmith and was nominated this year for an Academy Award in the Best Documentary, Features category. In 2009, the film won a Special Jury Award at the Amsterdam International Documentary Film Festival and a Freedom of Expression Award from the National Board of Review, USA.

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