1/11/2005

Docs In Socks

Via The Gantelope...

One horse that appears to be making a fine recovery is the Sandy Berger story. You remember Mr. Berger, don't you? On July 19, 2004, it was revealed that the U.S. Justice Department was investigating Berger for allegedly taking classified documents, in October 2003, from a National Archives reading room prior to testifying before the 9/11 Commission. The documents were commissioned from Richard Clarke about the Clinton administration's handling of millennium terror threats. Berger maintained that the removal (and destruction) of documents in his attache-case and handwritten notes in his pants and jacket pockets was accidental.

Accidentally stuffed into his pants and socks.

Anyhow, the New York Post reports that the investigation has progressed.

The criminal probe into why former Bill Clinton aide Sandy Berger illegally sneaked top-secret documents out of the National Archives — possibly in his socks — has heated up and is now before a federal grand jury, The Post has learned.

"It may have been off the front pages, but the investigation has been active," said a source with knowledge of the probe.

"[Berger] has been interviewed several times by federal agents — FBI and prosecutors."

Berger admits removing 40 to 50 top-secret documents from the archives, but claims it was an "honest mistake" made while he vetted documents for the 9/11 commission's probe into the Twin Towers attacks.

Berger has also acknowledged that he destroyed some documents — he says by accident.
There's not much more to the story than that. At the time the story first broke, my response was that this was probably a non-story. I could see how someone could walk out of a building with a pile of documents they weren't supposed to take. When reports started to surface that Berger had destroyed documents, my take began to change. We're still largely in the dark here and there's not a lot of substantive information to be had. If it should be revealed that Berger destroyed some of the documents he removed, the man should rot in jail.