Thursday, December 21, 2006

More On Sandy Burglar

Apparently he hid the classified documents he took under a trailer:

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.

Some criminal sentence.

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 last one is what really got me. Only barred from access to classified material for 3 years? Being convicted of stealing classified materials and we're going to let him back at 'em in 3 years? Well, since the Clinton aren't in office any more maybe that won't be a problem...unless Hillary weasels her way back into the White House and hires him as National Security Advisor again or Chief of Homeland Security or something. Don't laugh, it wouldn't surprise me a bit.

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.

I'd really love to know what he took. Sure wish the MSM were as curious. To repeat an old refrain...imagine, if you will, if Berger had been National Security Advisor to Bush 1 and this had happened. Think it would get a little more ink?

JASmius adds: Berger will be the next SecDef or, even better, the next Intelligence czar. Bank on it.