A common experience writing on the internet is mulling over an idea in your head, putting down a sketch of your thoughts, checking your RSS feed, and finding that someone has done your idea better than you could have. Steve Randy Waldman pulled one of those on me this morning. He also read Ryan Avent and Matt Yglesias back-to-back, and had very nearly the same thoughts that I did about their theses, but more detailed and smarter. I looked for some grafs to expropriate, but really you should read the whole thing.
So Reality Winner, former NSA contractor, is in federal prison for leaking classified information — for five years and three months, the longest sentence of any whistleblower in history. She gave documents on how Russia had attempted to hack vendors of election machinery and software to The Intercept , which completely bungled basic security procedures (according to a recent New York Times piece from Ben Smith, the main fault lay with Matthew Cole and Richard Esposito ), leading to her capture within hours. Winner recently contracted COVID-19 in prison, and is reportedly suffering some lingering aftereffects. Glenn Greenwald has been furiously denying that he had anything at all to do with the Winner clusterfuck, and I recently got in an argument with him about it on Twitter. I read a New York story about Winner, which clearly implies that she was listening to the Intercepted podcast of March 22, 2017 , where Greenwald and Jeremy Scahill expressed skepticism about Russia actually b