This may or may not become a semi-regular feature: "News I Could've Pulled From My Arse"
The idea behind it is simple. Sometimes a situation will come along that should've been seen a mile away, a story so obvious that I could've guessed and came up with the same thing. Hence, I could've pulled it from my arse. No real comment beyond a wisecrack would be necessary, since the fact that it is a story alone makes the essential point.
First installment -- "Most Justice Department probes of high-level leaks go nowhere":
When President Bush defended the National Security Agency after the disclosure that it had spied on hundreds of Americans, he angrily denounced media leaks about the program, and the Justice Department has now opened a criminal probe. But an ongoing Justice investigation of the president's own staff in an unrelated leak case and the handling of hundreds of other leak allegations each year suggest that the probe of the NSA leak - which focuses on the disclosure of classified information to The New York Times - faces huge obstacles.
Only two government officials have ever been convicted of leaking classified information to a news organization. Samuel L. Morison, a Navy intelligence analyst, was prosecuted for leaking three spy satellite photos to Jane's Defence Weekly in 1984; Jonathan Randel, a former Drug Enforcement Administration analyst, was convicted in 1999 of leaking confidential information about DEA investigations to a London newspaper....Mark Corallo, a former Justice spokesman who is now a spokesman for Bush adviser Karl Rove in matters related to the Fitzgerald investigation, said the department typically received hundreds of requests a year from intelligence agencies to investigate leaks, and most cases went nowhere.
Now if you'll excuse me, I've a leak to go investigate. The one I'm about to take...