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I had a thought while going through my piles of research papers and Judicial corruption evidence. If I publish this huge pile of dirt, they hate me. If I sell it to a public pawnshop, not only is it valuable, but they don't hate me and it somehow doesn't get out. I can't help but feel like that could do with some revamping.I just can't see pawnshops rolling out the carts of dosh for dirty laundry. I also really can't see that laundry staying private after the pawnshop owner spends weeks trying to sell the worthless stacks of paper. Anyway, I think there should be two new ways of dealing with the special files. One, handing it in to another liberal newspaper, which decreases both the impact and the backlash from the conservatives, while netting a small finder's fee, and the other ransoming it back to the owners. Imagine selling the tax files to the CEO for a huge pile of money, and some hate if you don't hide your tracks. I imagine it as a hugely high-risk, high-pay endeavor with a chance of mercenaries, cops, or what-have-you breaking up the deal, and the option of you being the one to break faith and gun down the other negotiators... in the middle of the park, creating a publicity nightmare. Admittedly I'm more interested in the second option, and I'm starting to doubt the use of the first. The Guardian is probably better for most purposes. But yeah, I feel like ransoms would fit the feel of the game and could probably extend to kidnapped prominent conservatives. Just in case you needed even more ungodly amounts of money, or maybe even prisoner exchanges.tl;dr: Ransoming special files and prominent conservatives for money or Liberal prisoners.What do you think, coders et al? Can it be done? Should it be done?