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 Berger On Kerry ForPol
The Hill has released portions of a Bisnow interview with key Kerry policy advisor and former National Security Advisor Sandy Berger. Heres the plug:
In a wide-ranging and exclusive interview with Bisnow on Business, former National Security Adviser Sandy Berger, now a chief foreign policy adviser to presumptive Democratic presidential nominee John Kerry, says, in answer to a question about how long he can imagine a substantial U.S. force presence in Iraq: I can certainly imagine us having a force there in three years. I hope it will be a smaller force.
Berger answers what Kerry would do differently from what the Bush administration is doing in Iraq today; whether the premises for invading Iraq were valid; whether Berger thinks the U.S. is better off for having invaded Iraq; whether Iraq is winnable or whether the U.S. should just cut its losses; who is to blame for inaccurate information about the presence of weapons of mass destruction and the hope U.S. troops would be greeted as liberators; whether Saddam was really a threat to the U.S.; what diversion the war has caused of foreign policy attention and assets elsewhere; whether the U.S. is currently making progress in Iraq; how many additional troops may be needed; whether we need a draft; whether he would use the term incompetence in describing execution of post-war planning; and whether he thinks John Edwards has adequate national security experience.
It depends on what the definition of "every" is. I'm sure one of the biggest continuing expenses of the Clinton crime family is the constant upgrading and maintenance of paper shredders.
Mo can you email this to the hosts on BIG TALKER
Drudge just followed your instructions.
You always find the best stuff! :-)
BY BILL LAMBRECHT
St. Louis Post-Dispatch
WASHINGTON - (KRT) - Former ambassador Joseph Wilson, one of Sen. John Kerry's foreign policy advisers, has special incentive for wanting President George W. Bush out of office.
.....For Wilson, the connection between the administration's misstatements and the outing of his wife, Valerie Plame, is reflected in the title of his book: "The Politics of Truth: Inside the Lies that Led to War and Betrayed My Wife's CIA Identity."
In an interview, Wilson added this assessment of whoever is responsible: "The most insidious kind of traitors," he said, borrowing a line from the first President George Bush.
.... Kerry's key advisers on Iraq include several Clinton administration stalwarts: ex-national security advisers Samuel R. "Sandy" Berger; former assistant secretary of state Richard Holbrooke; and former defense secretary William J. Perry.
Wilson is among about a half-dozen other, unpaid foreign policy advisers who meet twice weekly with Kerry aides. He also served as one of Kerry's surrogate speakers across the country during the primary campaign and likely would be in line for a high post in a Kerry administration. ...
Berger says: "I don't think we're safer for having invaded Iraq"
This is stunning.
Drudge has it on his page now!
Going to be a long hot summer.
About as likely to get media to report Joe Wilson is a Kerry adviser.
Chris has yet to address the exposure of Joe Wilson. He'll ignore this, too.
Wow...This is really an incredible development.
My jaw dropped wide open. ping
"I deeply regret getting caught, but I had to conceal the memos damaging to my buddy clinton."