A Day of Revelations
The source was Mark Felt, second-in-command at the FBI, who oversaw the FBI's day-to-day operations. Felt kept the secret, even from his own family, until yesterday. He revealed the story to Vanity Fair magazine, and it was confirmed by the Washington Post later in the day.
Read the whole story in this Washington Post article. It requires a free registration, and it's well worth it.
A less-reported story tells the tale of Lisa Leitten, a spy for People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA), who secretly videotaped animal welfare conditions inside Covance Laboratories, a Vienna, VA-based drug developer. Read the AP story here, which includes lots of doubts about whether Leitten's actions were legal and/or ethical.
What do you think? Are people like Mark Felt and Lisa Leitten justified in whistleblowing and spying? Would you do the same? And if they don't, how can we face up to powerful political and business interests when they act unethically?