Ref T13259. In some configurations, making a request to ourselves may return a VPN/Auth response from some LB/appliance layer.
If this response begins or ends with whitespace, we currently detect it as "extra whitespace" instead of "bad response".
Instead, require that the response be nearly correct (valid JSON with some extra whitespace, instead of literally anything with some extra whitespace) to hit this specialized check. If we don't hit the specialized case, use the generic "mangled" response error, which prints the actual body so you can figure out that it's just your LB/auth thing doing what it's supposed to do.