The only reason that the Pentagon Papers were published is because Senator Mike Gravel read them on the Senate Floor.
Specifically, after Daniel Ellsberg leaked the papers, no newspaper had the guts to publish them.
But – because Congress members and Senators are immune from prosecution if they read classified documents on the floor of Congress – Gravel got them out by reading them in full on the floor of the Senate. As soon as he did, the newspapers published them, since they were already “in the public record”.
Senator Gravel has now urged Senator Udall to read the Senate torture report on the floor of the Senate.
Senator Udall says he’s thinking about it …