A talebearer takes one's confidence and extorts it for personal gain. Talebearers find pleasure in spreading news that makes others seem lower than they are. They need to feel good about themselves and the best means for them to do so is to tear down someone else. Sometimes this is your "closest" friend!
In most cases the person finds out the truth of the matter--that they have been the topic of ridicule. Ever heard the cliche: "a little bird told me so?" This is true! ""For a bird of the air may carry your voice, And a bird in flight may tell the matter" (Ecc.10:20).Let us not become fools after the same kind as that of a talebearer. To be such is to be without integrity and truly a person of low self esteem.
"As for your restless talebearer, let him gossip away as much as he likes; all those words and deeds of his will come back to accuse him" (Thomas a Kempis bk. iii).
"Thou shalt not go up and down as a talebearer among thy people" (Lev. 1916).
"A talebearer reveals secrets:but he that is of a faithful spirit conceals a matter" (Prov.11:13).