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The Leak Scare

Jesse Walker –
August 20, 2013

With the recent scandals and leaks about government intrusion into private life, this article at Reason notes that we have reached an era of paranoia:

In the popular stereotype, conspiracy theorists direct their paranoia at the government: The CIA shot JFK. NASA faked the moon landing. Sept. 11 was an inside job.

But the most significant sorts of political paranoia are the kinds that catch on with people inside the halls of power, not the folks on the outside looking in. The latest example is a crackdown on leaks that has the government crippled by a fear of its own employees. Washington is petrified of itself.