I am looking for an American English word meaning "the forcible exposure or revelation" of something. The context I have in mind is something similar to the leak of documents by a whistleblower or the like. A negative or destructive connotation isn't necessary, but would be appropriate.
Alternative meanings come to mind here (if this doesn't just confuse things):
- a word meaning "the exposure of some body of information or other contents"
- a word meaning "the revelation of the contents of some entity"
I think it's really #2 that I'm after, so that an example sentence describing the leak of, e.g., tax records, might be something like "the ______ of the IRS."
Despoliation comes to mind, but that isn't right. Grateful for any ideas.