Moles Living Dangerously…
FTVLive posted some internal video of Jeff Zucker from a Town Hall session. Internal video making it all the way to the internet is a very rare thing. It’s hard to get your hands on in the first place and very dangerous for one’s career to leak out because in this digital age it can be tracked. Just ask Joe Muto.
So our prospective CNN mole here has taken some steps to try and hide their identity:
1. First they didn’t send the raw video. They sent a camera phone videotaping the video.
2. They created a new Vimeo account with the alias of “Larry”.
3. Presumably they waited a while to leak this video. The meeting was at the start of the year and it’s been months since it happened. This increases the chances that many people looked at the footage since it was recorded which would of course would tend to cover their tracks. However we don’t know if this is the case. If the mole just grabbed it recently that could mean trouble.
Still, track covering or not, our hero is living on the edge. I was once given internal video of an MSNBC town hall the day it was announced that MSNBC was moving to 30 Rock. I opted to not post the video but post a transcript because that made it impossible to tell whether I received video or someone just taking notes from the town hall.
So you prospective moles out there, pay attention. There is a right way and a wrong way to leak. Joe Muto did it the wrong way and look what happened. Today’s example is much better but isn’t immune to potential career blow back.