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Manning was told the Post is “possibly interested” but not until first seeing the material and consulting senior editors.

Manning didn’t wait. He then said he “decided to contact the largest and most popular newspaper, the New York Times.”

He called the Times’ public editor and left a voice message with his contact information, stating that “I had access to information about Iraq and Afghanistan that I believed was very important.” However, “I never received a reply from the New York Times.”

The Post during the early 1970s broke the Watergate scandal when White House operatives were caught breaking in to Democratic Party offices. The news coverage was viewed widely as contributing to the eventual resignation of President Richard M. Nixon.

The New York Times defied journalistic convention in 1971 by publishing a classified study that became known as the “Pentagon Papers,” revealing internal policy differences on the Vietnam War.

Conservative critics have accused both newspapers of liberal bias for failing to aggressively cover President Obama and his administration.