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The rise of WikiLeaks and Chelsea Manning’s release of information onto the site regarding U.S. security secrets brought the idea of leaks into the popular conversation about national security and the important role intelligence plays in that security in the digital age. No longer were leaks the material of spy movies or secret White House cabals in the 1970s but an actual reality of contemporary life for citizens. Leaks fall under the broader category of espionage, but the term leak has come to mean something very specific only in the past decade and has raised questions of whether leakers are whistleblowers or nonideological anarchists. Leaks, or more precisely news leaks, are the revelation of information before its intended release by an organization or person.

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