The cold pavement shocks your feet as you shuffle to the end of the driveway for the morning newspaper. You are almost back to the front door when you see it—a small headline below the fold containing the name of an executive at your company.

You rub your eyes, thinking that you’re seeing things; but it’s there. The article says your executive was spotted by a reporter two nights ago with an unidentified man at the bar of a prominent restaurant. The two talked briefly and shook hands, exchanging something in the process.

Suspicious, the reporter followed the stranger as ...