Twenty20

Lessons from Reality Winner

Every other year seems to bring another high-profile leaker from the US intelligence community. This year's celebrity intelligence officer is Reality Winner, formerly employed as a contractor by the National  Security Agency (NSA). (And yes, that is apparently her real name.) There are two lessons to be drawn from the case, one reassuring, one not. The good news is that US counterintelligence seems able to find such leakers quickly and with the kind of evidence that can be presented in court. The bad news is that our contracting, hiring, and clearance process is not producing employees we can trust in the ways we need.