There's an old piece of gulag humour from Russia: A man walks down the street one night yelling "Stalin is a swine!" Naturally, he's arrested, and this being Russia, sentenced to hard labour. He gets one day for disturbing the peace - and thirty years for revealing a state secret.
The joke has a modern US equivalent: a major newspaper breaks a story about the administration's secret network of overseas torture centers. The story sparks investigations by both Congress and the Department of Justice - not because a US government agency is violating local, US, and international law, but for being based on leaked, classified information.
Suddenly, the joke isn't so funny anymore, is it?