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Is there an actual term? Just wondering since in movies or books there are those whom have information that other characters want or need and thus pay 'em for such information.

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Informer? News monger? –  Persian Cat Apr 24 '13 at 2:08
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Snitch? Stool pigeon? Narc? –  Mitch Apr 24 '13 at 2:36
    
Information today is a commodity and one dealing commercially in it should naturally be treated the same as one dealing in any other commodity. It does not require a specific definition to identify a seller of information as distinct from the generic term(s). –  Kris Apr 24 '13 at 6:45
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You could look up spy in a thesaurus for even more candidates – mole is another good one. (Those words are more hypernyms, though, since some spies are motivated by ideological reasons, more so than financial ones.) –  J.R. Apr 24 '13 at 9:03
    
The Shadow Broker. Oh, wait - this isn't Science Fiction & Fantasy or Arqade? –  Iszi Apr 24 '13 at 14:00
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You're probably thinking of an information broker:

a person or company providing information to clients for a fee -- definition from Dictionary.com

TVTropes.com also lists a knowledge broker:

This is the person who always seems to have the dirt on everybody. The person who runs an information-gathering system, with a network of informers.

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Thank you, that was exactly it! –  NoActualName Apr 24 '13 at 2:36
    
@NoActualName Note that this term usually carries the connotation of professional, consultant, or (in fiction) hacker. It wouldn't suit a criminal-class character, except facetiously. –  Bradd Szonye Apr 24 '13 at 2:47
    
@BraddSzonye The way I read the question, that's exactly what OP is looking for. All the other terms suggested imply a unscrupulous or underhanded character. –  p.s.w.g Apr 24 '13 at 2:55
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It looks to me more like a class distinction: "information broker" for white collar informants, and "informant" for underworld information brokers. ;) –  Bradd Szonye Apr 24 '13 at 2:57
    
+1 regardless for a solid answer with references. –  Bradd Szonye Apr 24 '13 at 3:09
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In crime fiction: informant or CI (for confidential/criminal informant).

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