On June 13, 1971, the New York Times published parts of the Pentagon Papers, which led to Watergate and eventually Nixon's resignation.
Yesterday, exactly 40 years later, the report was released in its entirety at the Richard Nixon Presidential Library and Museum in Yorba Linda (and a few other places, too).
Timothy Naftali, director of the Nixon Presidential Library, said although he's not sure why it took so long, he's happy its now declassified.
In fact, Naftali had firsthand experience of just how classified the document had been.
Guess how many people had come in to look at the Pentagon Papers by three-ish yesterday? Uh, none. Of course, a lot of folks probably checked out the scanned PDFs via the Internet. “You can do it online. You can read it in your pajamas,” Naftali says.
Here are a couple of the more entertaining Tweets with a “pentagon11” hashtag: “Justin Bieber was 'born' in Area 51; let mass testing begin” and “Newspapers will be dead by the time we declassify this stuff.”