The Law: The Ellsberg Tangle

Despite all the original excitement about the Pentagon papers, the trial of Daniel Ellsberg and Anthony Russo opened in an atmosphere of ennui. The spectators' gallery in the Los Angeles courtroom had empty seats. One after another, the prospective jurors said that they did not really remember what the Pentagon papers said and that they did not think much about Viet Nam anyway. Then no sooner had a jury been seated than the trial was brought to a total halt by the seemingly unrelated problem of Government eavesdropping. In a curious way, though, the...