December 20, 2006

And speaking of pilfered documents...

IG report: Berger hid Archive documents

The Associated Press

WASHINGTON (AP) Former national security adviser Sandy Berger removed classified documents from the National Archives in 2003 and hid them under a construction trailer, the Archives inspector general reported Wednesday.

The report was issued more than a year after Berger pleaded guilty and received a criminal sentence for removal of the documents.

Inspector General Paul Brachfeld reported that when Berger was confronted by Archives officials about the missing documents, he said it was possible he threw them in his office trash. [...]

Boy, ya gotta love the Clintonianess of that one. Nothing like the liberating effect of what is possible. It is also possible monkey ninjas dropped out of a zeppelin and grabbed them.

The report said that when Berger was reviewing the classified documents in the Archives building a few blocks from the Capitol, employees saw him bending down and fiddling with something white, which could have been paper, around his ankle.

However, Archives employees did not feel at the time there was enough information to confront someone of Berger's stature, the report said.

Brachfeld reported that on one visit, Berger took a break to go outside without an escort.

"In total, during this visit, he removed four documents ... .

"Mr. Berger said he placed the documents under a trailer in an accessible construction area outside Archives 1 (the main Archives building)."

Berger acknowledged that he later retrieved the documents from the construction area and returned with them to his office.

Berger, with the authorization of former President Clinton, was reviewing National Security Council documents on Osama bin Laden and al-Qaida, Sudan, and related presidential correspondence. The review was to facilitate Berger's impending testimony before the House and Senate intelligence committees.

But of course. Everyone who testifies before House and Senate intelligence committees gets to do those sorts of things, right?


Anyway, nothing to see here, folks--move along, please. Move along.

Posted by Terry Oglesby at December 20, 2006 04:08 PM