By Rob Verger and Ryan Tracy
There are lots of ways to describe someone who divulges confidential information: leaker, informant, whistle-blower, rat, snitch, source. Whether you view that person positively or negatively has a lot do with whether you’re on the inside watching your secrets be revealed or on the outside gaining information. The ethical ramifications can be clear or murky, from Deep Throat, who helped reveal President Nixon’s corruption, to Bradley Manning (left), who is accused of providing hundreds of thousands of sensitive government documents to WikiLeaks. One thing is clear: exposing sensitive information quickly alters a power dynamic. Here are nine cases in which people shared information with outsiders, or are alleged to have done so.