Neil Sheehan

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Neil Sheehan
Cornelius Mahoney Sheehan

(1936-10-27)October 27, 1936
DiedJanuary 7, 2021(2021-01-07) (aged 84)
EducationHarvard University

Cornelius Mahoney "Neil" Sheehan (October 27, 1936 – January 7, 2021) was an American journalist. He worked for The New York Times in 1971. Sheehan obtained the classified Pentagon Papers. His series of articles revealed a secret United States Department of Defense history of the Vietnam War and led to a Supreme Court case.[1]

He received a Pulitzer Prize and a National Book Award for his 1988 book A Bright Shining Lie. He was born in Holyoke, Massachusetts.

Sheehan died at his Washington, D.C. home on January 7, 2021 from problems caused by Parkinson's disease, aged 84.[2]

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  1. "New York Times Co. v. United States, 403 U.S. 713 (1971)". Retrieved 2005-12-05.
  2. Scott, Janny (January 7, 2021). "Neil Sheehan Dies at 84; Times Reporter Obtained the Pentagon Papers". The New York Times. Retrieved January 8, 2021.