Skip to comments.AP: Clinton Adviser Probed in Terror Memos [Sandy Berger is the focus of a criminal investigation]
Posted on 07/19/2004 5:07:42 PM PDT by Sub-Driver
AP: Clinton Adviser Probed in Terror Memos
3 minutes ago Add U.S. National - AP to My Yahoo!
By JOHN SOLOMON
WASHINGTON - President Clinton (news - web sites)'s national security adviser, Sandy Berger, is the focus of a criminal investigation after admitting he removed highly classified terrorism documents from a secure reading room during preparations for the Sept. 11 commission hearings, The Associated Press has learned.
Berger's home and office were searched earlier this year by FBI (news - web sites) agents armed with warrants. Some drafts of a sensitive after-action report on the Clinton administration's handling of al-Qaida terror threats during the December 1999 millennium celebration are still missing.
Berger and his lawyer said Monday night he knowingly removed handwritten notes he had taken from classified anti-terror documents he reviewed at the National Archives by sticking them in his jacket and pants. He also inadvertently took copies of actual classified documents in a leather portfolio, they said.
"I deeply regret the sloppiness involved, but I had no intention of withholding documents from the commission, and to the contrary, to my knowledge, every document requested by the commission from the Clinton administration was produced," Berger said in a statement to the AP.
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 (news - web sites). Clinton asked Berger last year to review and select the administration documents that would be turned over to the commission.
The FBI searched Berger's home and office with warrants earlier this year after employees of the National Archives told agents they believed they witnessed Berger put documents into his clothing while reviewing sensitive Clinton administration papers, officials said.
When asked, Berger said he returned some of the classified documents, which he found in his office, and all of the handwritten notes he had taken from the secure room, but said he could not locate two or three copies of the highly classified millennium terror report.
(Excerpt) Read more at story.news.yahoo.com ...
Do a search on here. There was an article. I can't recall the exact title, but something like Edwards' wife .....
It also could be close to being completed.
That might make an excellent poster.
What's that in your pants Sandy? Is it a classified report or are you just glad to see me?
" Day are Girlie men"
Holy cow! What thread is that from?
Not this time, Paul. In this election year, Republican pros are going to do great damage with this. Let's bring it on.
Now let's review: Berger goes through docs and perloins several. Then Lindsey raises a stink about the Bush administration "holding documents back".
The wife of vice presidential hopeful John Edwards is defending Whoopi Goldberg after the potty-mouthed comedienne attacked President Bush with an X-rated monologue at Thursday night's Kerry-Edwards fundraiser in New York.
Rejecting calls for her husband's campaign to apologize for Goldberg's outburst, Mrs. Edwards said Friday that the anti-Bush tirade was justified." "A lot of people are going to be angry - there's a lot to be angry about," she told reporters at a fundraising breakfast on Manhattan's West side. "It's a free country and people are going to express that anger."
All I can say is 'wow.'
There is a way to tape the radio programs using your vcr believe it or not. I am not sure how it is don,but I know there is a way.
Did the fax have Richard Ben-Viniste's number on it?
What is a puzzle to me is Berger knows exactly how he was being recorded. He knew he couldn't take anything out of the building in his pants or anything. Something is not adding up here. It almost seems to be on purpose. I don't get it.
Your right, I don't trust these people at all.
This was just too easy. Their not that dumb. BS detector going off big time.
Only thing I can figure is Berger, you take the hit on this and we will make it up.
I'm telling you all, Sid Blumenthal and Terry McCaluliff are somewhere behind this. (And possibly BC) Sandy Berger is going to be a more rich man somewhere. I still don't get this one. It is too easy and too convienent.
There is something soooo undignified about stuffing documents down your pants. How did that Chuckles the Clown ditty go?
A little song
A little dance
A little seltzer down your pants.
Today is my six year anniversary on FR!!!!
This story is what, five hours old--tops--and still my jaw drops open whenever I think of Sandy Berger jamming documents in his pants to sneak them out of the saferoom...and then returning later to jam into his pants the replacement copies so that he might steal those as well.
It seems like such a bizarre, outlandish, surreal story. Can it possibly be true? And what could he possibly have been thinking?
I think I just might possibly have seen it all. Maybe.
Disclaimer: Opinions posted on Free Republic are those of the individual posters and do not necessarily represent the opinion of Free Republic or its management. All materials posted herein are protected by copyright law and the exemption for fair use of copyrighted works.