Thursday, December 21, 2006

"TrailerTrashGate" or "DeadDropGate" -- you decide.

I'm just torn as to the proper name for BurglarGate. The whole thing is quite surreal. The former NS-freaking-A gets caught and admits to sneaking out and destroying above-top-secret documents that undoubtedly painted himself and the Clinton administration in a bad or incriminating light post-9/11... and gets zero jail time. Some of the documents he hid under a nearby construction trailer in what is known in spy tradecraft as a "dead-drop."

Burglar's security clearance will be reinstated just in time for Hillary's presidency. Insane. He should be in jail, on multiple charges of treason and obstruction of justice.

Pajamas Media has obtained the redacted report. Burglar's confession to putting some of the documents under the construction trailer appears on page 9.

Report Says Berger Hid Archive Documents

Dec 20, 5:05 PM (ET)


(AP) National Security Adviser Sandy Berger briefs reporters at the White House in this 1998 file photo....
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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.

The report said that when Archives employees first suspected that Berger - who had been President Clinton's national security adviser - was removing classified documents from the Archives in the fall of 2003, they failed to notify any law enforcement agency.

Berger, who pleaded guilty to unlawfully removing and retaining classified documents, was fined $50,000, ordered to perform 100 hours of community service and was barred from access to classified material for three years.
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.


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