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Tuesday, July 20, 2004
The blogosphere has been all over this one today:
Sandy Berger, former President Clinton's national security adviser, is the focus of a Justice Department investigation after removing highly classified terrorism documents and handwritten notes from a secure reading room during preparations for the Sept. 11 commission hearings.
Berger served as Clinton’s national security adviser for all of the president’s second term and most recently has been informally advising Democratic presidential candidate John Kerry. Clinton asked Berger last year to review and select the administration documents that would be turned over to the commission.
The FBI searches of Berger’s home and office occurred after National Archives employees told agents they believed they saw Berger place documents in his clothing while reading sensitive Clinton administration papers and that some documents were then noticed missing, officials said.
This seems to be a trend within former Clintonians - hiding and/or destroying documents. One has to wonder what John Kerry is thinking today after having Berger sign on ("informally" as the A.P. puts it) as a national SECURITY advisor.
UPDATE: Mick at Fishkite asks:
Imagine if the standard-bearer of "honesty" for the Bush campaign was exposed as a liar by the Senate Intelligence Committee and if Condoleeza Rice, his national security adviser, was the focus of a criminal investigation for stuffing classified national security documents into her clothing and briefcase, and then losing them.
Would this not be huge news, dominating the headlines for weeks? Would it not become content for a MoveOn.org or Michael Moore film?
You bet it would, and we'd never hear the end of it.
ANOTHER UPDATE: Berger is no longer associated with the Kerry campaign. Gee, I wonder why.
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