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Leonid Bershidsky

Snowden Copycat Is No Surprise

A second NSA leaker is revealing the extent of the agency's electronic surveillance. Like Snowden, he's no spy for a foreign intelligence service -- just for the public.
It's worse than they think.
It's worse than they think.

Whistle-blowers come in packs, so it's a wonder no one followed the example of former National Security Agency contractor Edward Snowden for so long. Now, there seems to be a second leaker, and he or she is, like Snowden, feeding information to the press rather than peddling it to foreign intelligence services. It's a sign that there's a flaw in the U.S. approach to national security.

After WikiLeaks published its trove of U.S. military and diplomatic documents in 2010, copycat sites sprang up throughout the world. Even established media outlets set up their own. The information released on these Web pages was not always sent in by whistle-blowers. I was present at the birth of YanukovychLeaks, the Ukrainian site where documentation plundered from former president Viktor Yanukovych's abandoned residence was published. The "leaks" component in the names, however, pointed to the original project spearheaded by Julian Assange.