Leverage, that's what he had. Leverage. Some hard-won information, providing just enough leverage to oust that arrogant, selfish, uncaring so-and-so from his position. After all, nothing worked properly under the arrogant so-and-so. When he took over, everything would be alright. This place, this institution of great promise, would run smoothly. Everyone would get what they needed; no one would be passed over and left behind. He would provide good leadership. He would do what was best for everyone.
The arrogant so-and-so parried the thrust: "I will torch Miss Rousseau and her future."
Dr. Linus chose to let the opportunity pass.