There were always entities cunning enough to gain access to private information - or pretend to.
And there were always human beings who took the leaks seriously and made decisions based on them.
In the Garden of Paradise, the serpent pretended to leak insider information about how the game really operated. Eve was all ears. She made the decision to pass that leak onto Adam. The rest is history..
For centuries afterward, the simple version of that was known as gossip. Joseph Epstein hammered how important that informal communication system is to society in his book "Gossip." From the get-go in a new city, job and extended family, survival depends on being able to be allowed into the grapevine.
Gossip will cross the line over to a leak. That's when those on the receiving end treat it as more important than what is circulating in the grapevine.
When I had been blogging about court trials, of course, leaks came my way. Some provided their identity. Some didn't. What was obvious was that there were always carefully plotted agendas behind the leaks.
Most were related to the objectives of the organization. But there were many also intended to settle a personal beef.
The takeaway on leaking is this: Be wary of offending or harming anyone. The odds are they already know enough about your activities to leak plenty.
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