New York Times Board of Directors:
The Vietnam War
It is 1971, and the New York Times has just been given confidential documents regarding the Vietnam War that have been leaked by Daniel Ellsberg. The Times is aware that the publication of these documents presents economic, legal, and moral implications. If The Times does not publish the papers, Ellsberg will surely offer them to a rival newspaper. Publication could cause severe governmental retribution, with a potentially crippling effect on the ability of The Times to operate in the future. Releasing the documents may also cause severe danger to the operations of the United States, notably to the American soldiers currently stationed in Vietnam. As the Board of Directors of the New York Times Company, it is up to you to decide these questions for the paper and for the nation.