leak to

leak (something) to (someone or something)

To release or reveal information that was supposed to remain secret or classified to someone, something, or some group. A White House staffer has been accused of leaking the president's agenda out to the press. A whistleblower within the company leaked out information about their tax evasion practices.
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leak something to someone

Fig. to tell [otherwise secret] information to someone. The government leaked a phony story to the press just to see how far it would travel. The government leaks things to the press occasionally, just to see the reaction.
See also: leak, to
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Because the government cleverly linked the people responsible for the security leak to the ones who masterminded the corruption tapes.
* Direct relationship of the leak to the best matched facility.
Shut it off too soon and there might not be enough dye at the point of the leak to notice it.
Scanning with a hand-held Spectroline UV or UV/blue inspection lamp makes the dye fluoresce a bright yellow-green colour, allowing the exact source of each leak to be pinpointed instantly.
"There's no way for a leak to escape us unless it finds a way to be on an interior surface that is not illuminated by the laser."
Rob Kornahrens, president of Advanced Roofing, Inc., Fort Lauderdale, Fla., compares a leak to cancer.