JUSTICE: HAVE YOU BEEN TALKING BEHIND MY BACK?

HAVE YOU BEEN TALKING BEHIND MY BACK?

It's like a scene from a bad Washington movie. Squads of investigators are prowling the halls of Justice and the FBI, interrogating officials high and low about a recent spate of unauthorized, though unspectacular, Justice-beat leaks. Some Justice officials defend the plumbing expeditions as necessary to stem revelations of classified and investigative information. Others deride the internal probes as a panicky overreaction by mid-level officials who are making key decisions while the department's top management jobs (Deputy AG, Associate AG and Assistant AG for the criminal division) lie vacant.

"It's a pain in the neck," says a veteran Justice hand about...

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