In 1971, James Goodale represented the New York Times in its fight to publish the Pentagon Papers, top-secret documents exposing the U.S. Government for misleading the public about Vietnam.
On Wednesday night, Goodale spoke at the Ferguson Library about his new book, “Fighting for the Press: The Inside Story of the Pentagon Papers and Other Battles.”
Goodale says the publishing of the Pentagon Papers changed the media world and allowed the press to publish information about the government more freely. But he says that is starting to change, which is why he decided to write the book. Goodale says he was inspired to write the book after learning of the pursuit of Julian Assange for publishing U.S. military documents on WikiLeaks. Goodale says the government is again violating first amendment rights and freedom of the press.
For more information on Goodale’s book, visit jamesgoodale.net