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
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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.
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Sandy apologized for being so sloppy. I'm sure this apology was directed to the Cs, not the American people, as if he would have been more careful he would not have been caught and once again let the world know how little the dims regard the laws of our land.
The big question now is, WHO HAS THE MISSING HIGHLY CLASSIFIED DOCUMENTS?
That's what I asked before going to bed. Could Berger have added some papers?
FNC reports pages were marked with a little mark so officials could more easily track what was taken.
FNC reports that both times he took the same reports!
('cept Berger stole the documents, ya know)!!
Sounds just like Hillary when she said the Repubs were the left-wing conspiracy and after her hubby!!!!!
Are you kidding? Gergen thinks this is a Republican thing?
The only way a Republican could be involved in this is leaking the information. It's been going on since October and we know a Democrat wasn't going to leak it. Hah!
Betting that only the top page was marked, probably with initials. I'm trying to understand who or why gave him a second copy.
What a scum-stain is the Clinton Legacy.
Didn't he take the second copy after the first one went missing (because he took it)?
All I know is that I've been to several prestigous archives and if I had put something in my clothes, I would have never gotten out of there. Some archivist is out of a job or sleeping with someone.
I also thought I heard that it was Clarke that wrote up the millenium report.
Katie asked one tough question, the rest were softballs.
I have a question:
Are there copies available of the documents that Berger stole? I know a lot of highly classified stuff isn't disseminated widely with copies but is there at LEAST one copy to know what it was he was particularly interested in?
It was Clarke, at the direction of Berger, who wrote up the report.
I can't wait for this to really get talked about today..........
Fox and Friends, now!
Don't forger Deutsch, who was pardoned..........A CIA director, PARDONED
I particularly appreciated Steve Doucey saying he was "accidentally" taking some papers while stuffing them in his pants. HAHAHAHA!
Did you see the comment about Gergen up the thread from the Today show appearance? Something about Gergen said this was a Republican thing.
He could only mean that it was a Republican leak coming before the convention.
Considering the Rats have known about this since October, we know they certainly weren't going to leak it.
No wonder Barbara Bush doesn't trust Gergen.
The National Archives are useless. If access can be granted to historical documents that have no copies, then why should we trust anything now found in the Archives?
Berger is Kerry's foreign policy advisor.
AND, considering that a few weeks ago Kerry's spokesmen said that Kerry was being kept in the loop about the latest AQ threat by his own advisors, I guess we know it was Berger. So Berger must have friends in the CIA who are willing to illegally pass along threat chatter intelligence, and Berger passes it to Kerry.
How do you like that?
Hillary has her 200,000 name enemies database, all garnered illegally in the White House..........I wonder if the Clintons will have to buy a new house, or build a second basement, to keep all these stolen documents in. Oh, I forgot about the "shred of evidence" thing Billy boy will be spewing shortly....... /sarc.
Thanks for the ping
If the story was leaked before the commission report and the convention to discredit the report and the Rats, all I have to say is congratulations to the administration for finally playing hardball.
So three of the most arrogant, venemous anti-Bush testifiers are connected so tightly in this, that I would have to think something is terribly wrong and it looks like a conspiracy. These are Indians. I have no doubt that Bubba and Hillary were still commanding their indians and are even more deeply involved.
If you have a weak heart do not read the CIA Inspector General report on John Deutch dated February 19, 2000. President Clinton, on his way out the door, pardoned John Deutch, who had served briefly as CIA director.
How many CIA directors have been pardoned by outgoing administrations to prevent an official investigation?
I don't recall hearing or reading of this in our media outlets, when it happened or later, particularly after 9/11
when national security was discussed.
Does Berger's stuffing this stuff down his pants smack to anyone else of something worse than desperation? If they were going to mess with the docs, why not before then? And when Berger did do it, couldn't he have planned a method with a bit more finesse? Had they been doing this for months and run out of time? What's with the rush? Anything Berger had access to is TAINTED and USELESS now, to my mind anyway.
Gergen didn't actually say that but implied it. Gergen was saying how great a person Berger was and couldn't beleive he would do such a thing, blah, blah, blah.
Look up the term "Beltway Prostitute" and you would see Gergen's picture, IMO.
There is a Today show thread now about this matter.
It sounds like Gergen tried to imply it's a Republican dirty trick to release this information before the convention and the release of the 9/11 Commission report.
The Rats, who generally leak like crazy, haven't leaked anything since October about this matter. If we did it, I'm delighted and glad we waited until this week. Turnabuot is fair play.
Or it was Clinton's job to have a great economy while gutting the military and security defenses of the US in the process, thereby reducing national world standing in the lead up to the takeover.........
Gergen, you miserable excuse for an American, how the heck can you shill for these people?!
"In order to construct a workable timeline from October 2003 on, we'd have to go through all the news stories day by day. Trying to see how the news fits in with what we are finding out now. Anydbody up for a spread sheet? LOL"
Isn't that the truth.
"CNN has been airing this story every half hour -- it's now 4:30am Eastern.
No mention of him being a Kerry adviser... :("
Poor CNN, this story must have caught them out of "left" field.
Whatever was taken was important enough to sneak out in your pants.
Whatever was destroyed was important enough to be destroyed.
Since it ALL refers to the Clinton Administration, Bubba and Hillary must have something on Berger bigtime. We call it blackmail.
Guess Foster and Brown didn't go along with the blackmail routine. And Monica, she was just plain smarter than the smartest woman in the world.
Someday it will come out that Hillary knew about Monica for a very long time and they did everything they could to retrieve "The Blue Dress".
I completely agree with you dfu. Get ready for the "October Surprise." I think that we are going to be downright, 100%, absolutely amazed at the stuff that comes out in the next couple of months.
Let's hope that President Bush has pulled off the greatest rope-a-dope in political history . . .
Berger was trying to cover up documents that were embarrassing to him and to Clinton.
Now, LosAlamos is in the news again and so is Berger.
The whole Clintoon administration should be tried for treason.
If found guilty, they should be hung outside the DNC and left to hang there to remind other rats what awaits their acts of treason.
Have the mediots running this story, blame GW.
Yeah, what a dirty trick that the Pubbies outed a thief...it is the Pubbies' fault, after all, that Berger stole those documents from the National Archive.
We had a PLAN.......get Berger to steal national security documents from the National Archives....then make sure the "informer" tips off the left-wing alphabet channels at the right time (just before the conventions and 9/11 Report)....then make sure that Couric asks softball questions of Gergen.....
We pubbies are such great MASTERMINDS of everything ILLEGAL the RATS do.
Why, it almost reads like we are gods or something....
Actually, I really think that the Rats give us Pubbies too much credit! : )
Late to the party bump.
It just makes me sick! They should be hung from the porch of the White House, and left for the buzzards!
"Believing that all things are connected, one of the things that came up was that, with LosAlamos as the main topic, Berger was asked to resign in March and April of 1999. The Chinese Embassy was bombed on May 8, 1999. Who died that day?? If I remember correctly, Bubba himself chose all the missle strikes personally."
"Now, LosAlamos is in the news again and so is Berger."
True. We have not been told to whom the "classified" material was e-mailed to via non-secure transmission at LosAlamos.
The other thing that we do not know is what role Hillry played in National Security. So wonder why Tenet really left. Could it be because of Berger?
Then, we should nuke the Chicoms, before it is too late (if it ain't already, thanks to Loral, and the other buddies of slimebill)
One or more missing versions of the 15-page memo could not be located among Berger's possessions, and he thinks he probably discarded the papers, Breuer said.15 pages?!!!
"It just makes me sick! They should be hung from the porch of the White House, and left for the buzzards!"
They defiled the White House enough during the Clintoon reign of terror and treason.
Hang them and leave their bodies to rot hanging around the DNC as a warning to other rats who laugh at acts of treason.
So, we're into damage control. Berger is saying nothing and Kerry is in a corner wondering what the hell hit him!!! Hillary is pi***** because it leads back to Bubba and wife and Bubba's in France. Soooooo Funny!!!