I refer to the breaking story about a smear campaign at Number 10, and a series of scurrilous emails that have been intercepted by Paul Staines aka Guido Fawkes.
I can't decide whether Paul Staines is a rank amateur when it comes to breaking stories or that he is merely the victim of cyber-space communication speeds.
His outings on the MSM appear to confirm the former, being a combination of his inability to invoke a snappy answer and the high degree of editorial control exercised by the broadcaster. He comes across as a patsy and a puffball.
Woodward and Bernstein he is not, but then again their fastest communications tool was a payphone and an Underwood electric typewriter.
The problem with this story is that he has lost control of it, something a news organisation would anticipate and be able to redress.
Instead of a carefully orchestrated drip-drip of facts, subsequently rebutted, then proven to be true by further revelations, he has shot his bolt in one and allowed the opposition to get ahead and determine a robust rebuttal strategy.
What makes Guido/Staines interesting is his occasional good luck with sources who use him as a conduit. There is nothing clever about this; he is just lucky and it requires no skill to appear like a grand wizard of the cult of the black virgin. His application of this power is dismally inept.