Frank Serpico

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For decades, Mr. Serpico, 83, has lived in a secluded cabin in the woods north of the city. But when whistle-blowers make the news, he inevitably gets requests for interviews.

So Mr. Serpico chuckled over the phone this week when asked about the whistle-blower who has created a political firestorm by coming forward on White House activity regarding a call to the president of Ukraine.

The scenario in Washington is “so parallel to my situation,” he said, adding that it did not surprise him to see disparagement of the whistle-blower by President Trump and some other Republicans.

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