Doctor Daniel Ellsberg surrendered to United States Justice Department officials in Boston on Monday (June 28) and admitted that he had delivered secret Pentagon documents to the press.
GV TILT DOWN Building, crowd outside (2 shots)
SV PAN Demonstrators with placards
SV Ellsberg out of car and met by newsmen (2 shots)
SCU Ellsberg interviewed (SOUND)
TRANSCRIPT: SEQ. 4: ELLSBERG: "In the fall of 1969 I took the responsibility, on my own initiative, of delivering to the Chairman of the Foreign Relations Committee of the U.S. Senate the information contained in the so-called Pentagon secrets, including the several studies on negotiations which have not been given to any newspaper. Until that time these studies had been accessible only to me and a few other individuals. By this spring-two invasions later--and after nine thousand more Americans, hundreds of thousands more Indo-Chinese had died, I could only regret that I had not at that same time released that information to the American public, through the newspapers. I have now done so."
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Background: Doctor Daniel Ellsberg surrendered to United States Justice Department officials in Boston on Monday (June 28) and admitted that he had delivered secret Pentagon documents to the press.
Dr. Ellsberg, accompanied by his wife and his lawyer, arrived at Boston's Federal Courthouse to surrender and end a nationwide manhunt which had been launched for him.
A large crowd of supporters, many of whom waved placards backing his stand on the Vietnam war, greeted Dr. Ellsberg when he arrived at the Courthouse.
A former Pentagon aide, now working at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Dr. Ellsberg had defied F.B.I. and police efforts to track him down since the Justice Department obtained a warrant three days ago for his arrest on a charge of unauthorised possession of the secret Pentagon papers and failure to return them.
The papers are a study of United States involvement in the Vietnam war.
This film was shot by Visnews cameramen in Boston and sent via satellite to London for subsequent telerecording.