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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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.
In crime fiction: informant or CI (for confidential/criminal informant).
In police and crime fiction lingo: a paid informant as used in Confidential Informant by John Madinger (p.211); Google Books