The New Yorker has a story in which it describes, what it claims, is a law-enforcement official, a broad category that includes plenty of Obama people embedded in the government, “leaking” Michael Cohen’s financial records to the media.
1. The grotesque abuse of the term “leak” has been going for some time. But when you pass along the private financial records of a person you don’t like, that’s not a leak. Just as if the burglary of Daniel Ellsberg’s psychiatrist’s office had succeeded, that would not have been a leak. It would have been a criminal act.
You can argue that releasing government records is a leak. Stealing and distributing the records of people in the political opposition whom you don’t like, isn’t a leak. It’s doxxing. Call it what it is.
2. If this is the game we’re playing, would leaking the financial records of Hillary Clinton or Bernie Sanders’ wife (currently under FBI investigation) be fair play?
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