Leaking Витік (ua)
is one of the "Symbolic Actions" releasing information that has been obtained by illegitimate means. It carries symbolic weight as it traditionally reveals injustices and cover-ups not meant for the public eye. When used as an information influence activity, leaked information is taken out of context and is used to delegitimize actors and distort the information environment. Leaked information is sometimes obtained through hacking of IT-systems or theft. The consequences of these leaks range from damaging operational (intelligence-gathering) security to undermining trust in a nation’s political system and its leadership. See also “Macron Leaks”.