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Leaks are often made by employees of an organization who happened to have access to interesting information but who are not officially authorized to disclose it to the press. They may believe that doing so is in the public interest due to the need for speedy publication, because it otherwise would not have been able to be made public, or simply as self-promotion, to elevate the leaker as a person of importance. Leaks can be intentional or unintentional. A leaker may be doing the journalist a personal favor (possibly in exchange for future cooperation), or simply wishes to disseminate secret information in order to affect the news. The latter type of leak is often made anonymously.
Sometimes partial information is released to the media off the record in advance of a press release to "prepare" the press or the public for the official announcement. This may also be intended to allow journalists more time to prepare more extensive coverage, which can then be published immediately after the official release. This technique is designed to maximize the impact of the announcement. It might be considered an element of political 'spin', or news management.
Some people who leak information to the media are seeking to manipulate coverage. Cloaking information in secrecy may make it seem more valuable to journalists, and anonymity reduces the ability of others to cross-check or discredit the information.
Originally posted by SLAYER69
reply to post by Kaone
For the same reason you believe him.
It's how one perceives and feels about about this, that or the other.
Originally posted by Douriff
reply to post by Druscilla
Have you watched mocumentary "Dark Side of the Moon" - where Kissinger, Romney, Cubric etc. are explaining how they managed to fake moonlandings to appear convincingly realistic?
Medvedev joke has exactly the same undertone. "The rest you can learn from MIB documentary" is clearly sarcastic.
My q is? Why would one need to use irony and sarcasm to explain spaceside issues publcly? Is it really necessary?
Using sarcasm indicates a need for strong confrontation with somebody who presumably thinks differently (ie. that gvt. are hiding something) Regardless if gvt is or is not hiding spaceside related things, one can safely and neutraly express any personal opinion including the notion of universe being big enough for variety of inhabitants -who may approach our rock any time.
Why would one use a sophisticated complex joke to dismiss something that is not at all impossible (from whatever perspective taken?)edit on 8-12-2012 by Douriff because: (no reason given)