“A story about the judicial drama between the leading US print media and the Pentagon. A military analyst studying documents of the Pentagon comes to the conclusion: the presidential administration and the Congress systematically lie to the public about the war in Vietnam. The facts, which contradict the external liberal policy of the presidential administration, testify to a well thought out scheme for deploying troops.
The editor of the Washington Post, Ben Bradley (Tom Hanks) and the publisher Kay Graham (Meryl Streep) decide to publish the documents presented in … 47 volumes. Such a fateful decision is a public political drama with high rates of secrecy, consistent lies and information leakage. This is a question of the conscience of the free press in journalistic investigations. In addition, risky mail, betrayed publicity, can put the names of publishers stamp: “traitor to the motherland.”