The Post

Have you seen the new Steven Spielberg movie ‘The Post’, starring Meryl Streep and Tom Hanks?


Based on a true story, the plot centres around high level government documents which were leaked to the Washington Post and the New York Times in the late 1960s. The documents leaked by military analyst Daniel Ellsberg became known as the Pentagon Papers and disclosed classified security information about U.S. involvement in the Vietnam War. The film looks at the newspapers’ role in choosing to publish the documents and the court case about freedom to publish information which resulted.

If you enjoyed the movie, why not check out the story as it broke in the Washington Post and New York Times?

If you're a NSW resident with a State Library  of NSW card, you can access both papers in one of our eresource databases, ProQuest Historical Newspapers. You can then download, save or print the full text PDF articles.

Start by doing a basic search in ProQuest for “pentagon papers” to see how the leak was reported on across the US and the world. You can then narrow your results further, by choosing a date and the specific publication you would like to search.

To search within the two newspapers featured in the film, select ‘Publications’, then type in the name of the paper you wish to search, i.e. Washington Post, or New York Times. 

A basic search for pentagon papers in the ProQuest Historical Database.



You can then search by keyword or phrase within the publication (i.e. pentagon, Vietnam, Ellsberg etc.) and again narrow the results using the options on the left. Browsing by publication in the ProQuest Historical database