The Press: Project X

"Neil Sheehan feels Viet Nam is his story," says a friend of the New York Times reporter. Sheehan's first reporting job was in 1962 as U.P.I.'s Saigon bureau chief; he covered the war for three years. But it was never more his story than last week, when the Times began publishing the Pentagon's secret record of U.S. involvement in Viet Nam.

Neither Sheehan nor the Times is talking about the source of the material. But the evidence is that Daniel Ellsberg, a former Defense Department analyst, is the man (see THE NATION) who volunteered...

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