Famous Leaks Through the Ages

The Panama Papers data leak is the biggest in history

The Panama Papers were the biggest data leak in history, resulting in a massive information dump that exposed the dealings of billionaires, celebrities, sports stars and world leaders.

But history is littered with other leaks that have exposed corruption, governmental ineptitude and even brought down a U.S. president. NBC News has compiled a list of the best-known examples.

Watergate: Infamous leaker Deep Throat helped Washington Post reporters Bob Woodward and Carl Bernstein connect the June 1972 break-in at the DNC headquarters and the White House, with stories leading to President Nixon's resignation.

Pentagon Papers: A former military analyst turned over a top secret, 7,000 page Pentagon history of the Vietnam War to the New York Times. The conflict between the press and the White House led to a Supreme Court ruling, allowing the papers to be published.

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