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John Adams

Don't dismiss Trump's anonymous insider

Don't dismiss Trump's anonymous insider

Some have derided the anonymous author of a recent op-ed The New York Times as cowardly, pusillanimous, or otherwise inappropriately masking their identity (“President Trump fumes over NYT op-ed; top officials swiftly deny ‘resistance’ role,” Sept. 6). It is asked: Why else would they conceal their name?

Three words: fear of tyranny. An accusation of “treason” (President Donald Trump’s language) demonstrates how capably can the tyrant exact a toll on a given writer’s reputation, profession, livelihood — and very life — should their name be publicly...