Hear From the Woman Who Researched the Pentagon Papers in Secret

This article is a part of a particular report on the 50th anniversary of the Pentagon Papers.

Listen to the Pentagon Papers Researcher Tell Her Story

In the spring of 1971, Linda Amster couldn’t inform anybody what she was doing — not her husband, not her associates and never even her co-workers in the New York Times information analysis division.

Working seven days every week, she shuttled between the Times headquarters and a block of rooms at the Hilton Hotel, the place 1000’s of pages of paperwork had been stacked excessive, a lot of them stamped “TOP SECRET.”

Ms. Amster was confirming the accuracy of considered one of the largest scoops in journalism: a cache of categorised paperwork that detailed the secret historical past of United States involvement in Vietnam, generally known as the Pentagon Papers.

When the tales went to press, the editors and reporters all acquired credit score. Ms. Amster’s title was omitted.

Fifty years later, she explains why.

Linda Amster labored at The New York Times for 38 years, retiring as the director of the newsroom analysis desk. Ms. Amster was acknowledged as a vital member of the Pentagon Papers staff when The Times received a Pulitzer Prize for public service.

In her tenure at The Times, Ms. Amster led the information analysis desk, wrote the Saturday information quiz and contributed articles to a number of sections. She has edited Times cookbooks and at present works as a contract researcher.

Produced by: Anna Martin, Tracy Mumford and Tally Abecassis

Edited by: Phyllis Fletcher and Wendy Dorr

Mixed by: Chris Wood and Marion Lozano