Indeed, the police have been known to leak information from time to time.     Actually all the time. And they do it for different reasons. Sometimes, they do it because they feel like - sometimes, a lower level police officer, a detective or a beat - patrol officer will give a reporter information because he really feels like his superiors are just being too clamped down on information and that there's not necessarily a good...     Or not pursuing a case.     Or not pursuing a case, yeah. And sometimes, they have an ulterior motive like not pursuing a case or because they want the public - sometimes, they do it with their boss' knowledge because they want the public to believe that they're going in a certain direction with an investigation. There's lots and lots of reasons why cops leak information. But I think the most - the biggest reason is just that they don't necessarily have the authority to release the information themselves, but they feel like it's good information and the public should have it and they're not sure why they're superiors aren't releasing the information.     We're talking about the complicated relationship between reporters and the police. If you're a member of either camp, give us a call. Tell us your story. 800-989-8255. We're talking with Kelly McBride, senior faculty for ethics, reporting and writing at the Poynter Institute, who, as she mentioned, has covered cops for a number of years. You're listening to TALK OF THE NATION from NPR News.     And let's see if we can go to John(ph), John with us from Jacksonville.     JOHN: Hey, there. Nice show. I was a news director at a television station in the '80s and stumbled into a counterfeit case. The counterfeiters were actually discarding their - what they called bad bills in underground garbage cans at the apartment complex where they're printing the stuff. They - the apartment complex workers were carrying the bills down a street in Jacksonville and these counterfeit bills were blowing out of the back of the dipsy dumpster.

Yeah, can you believe that? I mean, kids were walking out of the street, picking up $100 bills and going into convenience stores to buy candy bars. And my wife happened to be in one of those stores.  And the clerk said, let me look at that bill. And he said, this isn't right. Where did you find it? And the kid pointed out to the street, and they saw the dumpster going by with things blowing out of it. Well, my wife called me at work - like I said, I was a news director of a television station - and she gave me a heads up about it and told me which apartment complex company was involved.    

I got a film crew. We went over them and met them as they pulled into the driveway of the management company. CIA pulled up, I mean, Secret Service pulled in right alongside us and said, no, no, no, you cannot take pictures. And I said, what do you mean? This is a news story. And they said, we need to get a judge to issue a subpoena, and we appreciate it if you'd sit on this story until at least tomorrow. And I said, fine, what will you do for me? And they said, we'll bring you into led filament bulb light, lay all the counterfeit money out for you and let you take as many film and pictures as you want and we'll give you on-camera interviews. And it worked out very well for both of us.