We're both lawyers.
^there are plenty logical reasons for if he's included late. Maybe it took them longer than they thought to create him or he's having some balancing issues
Then we wouldn't've seen Jak, Raiden, PaRappa, Sly, Sweet Tooth, Toro, or Sir Dan by now, either. There's no logical reason to give Hale special treatment when they blatantly showed off characters that weren't done, Jak being the main perpetrator.
Also, thinking logically, we only have 6 characters left. If one of them was a Resistance rep, and they kept it hidden until this late in development, I'd be very angry. Why keep a Resistance rep for last, when it'd've made more sense to reveal much earlier on?
to get the leaks outta the way?
There were reveals prior to the leaks. Hell, you'd think that SuperBot wouldn't go out of their way to make sure that Hale was one of the guys that wasn't leaked.