I do not envy the woman who leaked the secret identity of Robert Galbraith. Few writers alive now wield great and actual power, and none likely wield more than J.K. Rowling.
To be the cause of Rowlings’ great wrath (terrible, but great), to be the inciter of a statement like: “ I had assumed that I could expect total confidentiality from Russells, a reputable professional firm, and I feel very angry that my trust turned out to be misplaced,” cannot be borne lightly.
I was curious about who that woman was, how that happened. Such a public breach of trust of such a famous individual seems uncommon–and to have to be the casual leaker must come with intense anguish. So, what happened? Chris Gossage, a partner at Russells ” informed his wife’s close friend Judith Callegari about who Robert Galbraith really was. Callegari subsequently posted a Tweet on the subject, although her account has now been deleted.”
His wife’s close friend? Rowling said “only a tiny number of people knew my pseudonym and it has not been pleasant to wonder for days how a woman whom I had never heard of prior to Sunday night could have found out something that many of my oldest friends did not know.” This is the kind of secret that is a SECRET. You don’t spill it to your wife’s close friend.
You know what they say: Loose lawyer’s wives’ friend’s lips sink lawyer’s careers.