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Credible journalists can reveal key facts derived from the leak while keeping other details secret.

For example, a journalist could verify a leak came from a real FBI agent by checking their badge, and assure their readers of that, but keep the agent's name secret.

Or a journalist given a list of secret base addresses could report the number and countries without revealing the precise addresses.

Also, newspapers might be happier to make a big splash reporting an exclusive, but be less motivated if every other newspaper got the same stuff at the same time :)






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