Years ago (late 80's), in a different lifetime, I was positioned in my company to know development and forecast info for a then growing competitive product line.
While at an industry thing in Silicon Valley after a long night of carousing (Bennigans in Santa Clara!), a person in our little group managed to isolate me and suddenly pushed for specific *intel* about my product and literally offered an envelope of cash (in an amount that I'd call a good month, not a good year) for it. All very chummy, good natured, and upfront. I realized later that most of the evening was subtly moving to this point; complaining about the job, the PHB's, the CEO, ect...
I was surprised and declined, and my new friend abruptly left. I promptly reported it and a half-a r s e training like portrayed in this comic ensued.
While joking about it later, I still wonder why I declined but there it is and I'm glad for my choice. What it was a much larger amount? You never really know these things about yourself until you're there.
In the end, it felt like a very, very shabby sub-scene from a Bond film.
You said it before me. Dilbert and Wally asked the first two questions that would come to a CEO's mind. That's rather impressive for grunt level engineers. But then again, this not reality, only a comic strip.
In Korporat Amerika the biggest leakers and the ones most susceptible to bribes like this are the MANAGERS. The higher up you go, the more likely they are to sell out. And when one does, the other managers hold training sessions like this and throw the employees under the bus for the smallest infractions.
Its like the (old and slightly sexist joke, so sorry if it offends anyone)
Man: Would you sleep with a stranger for a million quid?
Man: Would you sleep with me for 10 quid?
Woman: What kind of a girl do you think I am?
Man: We established that with the first question. The second is just negotiations.
Quite a lot out there would sell out their company for a million in cash. They aren't going to offer a million, they just need to find your tipping point and, as long as its lower than the cost of the information (and lower than what your co-workers would take to give out the same info) you'll have a deal.