By Simon Vozick-Levinson
Updated October 10, 2007 at 12:00 PM EDT

As you may have heard, a couple dozen New Jersey hospital employees are in hot water this week because they allegedly stole a glance at George Clooney’s medical records and passed some details to the press when he crashed his motorcycle last month. Shocking! But Clooney, easygoing guy that he is, just spoke up in the alleged leakers’ defense: “[W]hile I very much believe in a patient’s right to privacy, I would hope that this could be settled without suspending medical workers.” How noble…

… Or is it? Am I the only one wondering if this is all some sort of very clever viral marketing campaign for Clooney’s new thriller Michael Clayton, which includes crucial plot points involving pilfered top-secret documents and a question of medical ethics?

No? Okay, probably not. Still, after seeing that movie I’m definitely starting to spot dastardly conspiracies wherever I turn. Thoughts?