March 31, 2005

IS THAT AN INCRIMINATING DOCUMENT IN YOUR PANTS OR ARE YOU HOMELESS?:

Ex-National Security Adviser to Plead Guilty to Taking Classified Material (Fox News, March 31, 2005)

Former national security adviser Sandy Berger will plead guilty to taking classified material from the National Archives, a misdemeanor, the Justice Department said Thursday. [...]

The former Clinton administration official previously acknowledged he removed from the National Archives copies of documents about the government's anti-terror efforts and notes that he took on those documents. He said he was reviewing the materials to help determine which Clinton administration documents to provide to the independent commission investigating the Sept. 11, 2001, terror attacks.

He called the episode "an honest mistake," and denied criminal wrongdoing.

Berger and his lawyer, Lanny Breuer, have said Berger knowingly removed the handwritten notes by placing them in his jacket and pants and inadvertently took copies of actual classified documents in a leather portfolio. He returned most of the documents, but some still are missing.


If your kid said he was sorry about taking the cookies but they ended up in his pants by mistake you'd punish him more severely.

Posted by Orrin Judd at March 31, 2005 7:44 PM
Comments

You have to wonder how Berger stretched the laws as well when he was National Security Advisor. And where are the documents that are still missing?

Posted by: Jim Siegel at March 31, 2005 8:42 PM

I had the most ethical administration in the history of the United States.

Posted by: Bill Clinton at March 31, 2005 8:53 PM

I can't believe removing classified documents is only a misdemeanor. And what about destroying classified material?

Posted by: jd watson at March 31, 2005 10:23 PM

Quick straw poll, guys: do you hold or have you held a clearance, and if you do/did, what do you think they'd have done to you in a similar circumstance?

Posted by: joe shropshire at March 31, 2005 11:09 PM

Misdemeanor! I've elevated from an angry old man to outraged when I heard it dismissively reported on ABC!

Posted by: Genecis at April 1, 2005 8:24 AM
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