I appreciate any and all insights into any of this...thanks! 1. Say, theoretically, that federal authorities released a convicted and cooperating felon back into the general population, after they've served their time, in hopes of getting more busts while the ex-felon continues to cooperate. But then, after some time, the feds and/or the ex-con came to feel that the ex-con needed Witness Protection. How would the feds make that ex-con "disappear" so that they could start a new life in Witness Protection? Towards that end, would they possibly help the ex-con fake their own death? And has anyone ever heard of that sort of thing happening? 2. Say, theoretically, that a reporter from a reputable newspaper was doing some actual investigative work and, while exploring a crime, started poking around in a situation as described in 1) above, i.e. where a person of interest had either been placed in the Witness Protection program with a new name, or where that person of interest had actually died while in the Witness Protection program (or if not in the actual program, at least protected by law enforcement in some fashion). If law enforcement got wind of the reporter's inquiries, would they tell the reporter to cease and desist, and to keep quiet about it? Would the reporter be legally bound to do as directed by law enforcement, and would the reporter therefore most likely (or definitely) comply with law enforcement's request? In advance, again, thanks for any help.