To the Editor of the New York Times:
Contrary to your recent editorial, the public disclosure of Donald Trump’s tax returns and the public disclosure of Hillary Clinton’s advice to her clients are not even remotely comparable. No quid pro quo revelation is in order. In resisting the longstanding tradition of candidates’ disclosure, it must be clear to everyone by now that Donald Trump, who loves nothing more than boasting about his supposedly galactic wealth, is fearful that disclosure will reveal him as kin to the Wizard of Oz, whose booming and flashing pronouncements were laid to rest with the puny plea to “Pay no attention to the man behind the curtain.”
By contrast, any of us who have earned seemingly prodigious fees to share our perspective and knowledge with clients are contractually bound to regard that advice as proprietary to those who paid good money for it. The first thing clients insist on from consultants is a “non-disclosure agreement” that forbids the consultant from sharing what they learn about the client company and what they provide to that client. It would be an act of bad faith, if not indeed a breach of contract, to turn around and tell them, “Thanks for the money but now I’m going to share what I told you with all your competitors.”
Applaud Ms. Clinton’s rectitude while awaiting Mr. Trump’s unveiling.