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The person who leaked J.K. Rowling's pen name is revealed (+video)

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(Read caption) J.K. Rowling said in a statement that she 'feel[s] very angry that my trust turned out to be misplaced' in the law firm Russells.

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The mystery of who leaked J.K. Rowling’s secret writing identity has been solved.

A partner of Rowling’s law firm, Russells, named Chris Gossage was aware that Rowling was behind the novel “The Cuckoo’s Calling” that was billed as written by Robert Galbraith, according to Reuters. According to the news agency, Gossage told the best friend of his wife, Judith Callegari, and Callegari was the person who tweeted at a Sunday Times columnist last week, stating that she knew Rowling was behind “Cuckoo.” This prompted the newspaper to launch its own investigation and eventually uncover the fact that Rowling was behind the book.

“Whilst accepting his own culpability, the disclosure was made in confidence to someone he trusted implicitly,” the law firm said of Gossage in a statement. “On becoming aware of the circumstances, we immediately notified J. K. Rowling’s agent. We can confirm that this leak was not part of any marketing plan and that neither J. K. Rowling, her agent nor publishers were in any way involved.”

Rowling made a statement about the leak as well and did not sound happy. 


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