Leak, Scoop and Rescoop

The Manhattan office of U.S. Attorney Whitney North Seymour Jr. hummed last week with the noises that prosecutors and crime reporters love to hear: Seymour announced three indictments in his continuing investigation of corruption in the enforcement—or non-enforcement—of narcotics laws. Then why was Seymour so unhappy? Because the suspects accused so far are minor figures (a junior detective, a bail bondsman's investigator, a lawyer). Far more important fish had slipped away, he charged, because of holes ripped in his net by the New York Times and Daily News. Seymour insisted that their premature...

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