Former Director of the CIA William Colby famously said the the ‘pickles factory’ owned the vast majority of journalists.
I had an interesting experience with a British journalist (who was subsequently made journalist of the year). I had gone off on holiday and MI6 tried to kill me. I survived and when I got back there were two messages on my answering machine. They were time stamped on the day that I left.
One was from a nervous KGB agent that I had known at the end of the cold war. She was trying to give me a tip off. The other was from the journalist, who wanted to know the source of the info for my story on the Saudi bombings that later got MI6 DG Dickie D fired. They were desperate to find out where the leaks had been coming from and the journo was tasked to find out before I died. Another time they got at my medicine while I was out at work. Another time I nearly died in hospital.
Never a dull moment!