Wow, yeah, man, that totally happens to me all the time. I'll just be bullshitting with Bob Novak or Bob Woodward, and then I'll let something slip to BOTH of them in TWO separate conversations, but completely by accident, about this completely innocent scrap of information that just happens to be a result of a dirt-digging character-assassination mission out of the White House, and then it ends up in the paper and there's this huge stink about it, and then months later I'm like "Wow, wait a second, did he get that from ME? Man, I never meant for there to be such a big deal over this."
Totally plausible. Totally.