Monday, August 02, 2004

Sandy Berger and the National Archive

The July 30th issue of The Wall Street Journal reports that Sandy Berger, who had been advising the Kerry campaign (but resigned), has been cleared of taking original documents out of the National Archive in Washington D.C. See:

Below is an excerpt from the article:


Officials looking into the removal of classified documents from the National Archives by former Clinton National Security Adviser Samuel Berger say no original materials are missing and nothing Mr. Berger reviewed was withheld from the commission investigating the Sept. 11, 2001, terror attacks.
Several prominent Republicans, including House Speaker Dennis Hastert and House Majority Leader Tom DeLay, have voiced suspicion that when Mr. Berger was preparing materials for the 9/11 Commission on the Clinton administration's antiterror actions, he may have removed documents that were potentially damaging to the former president's record.
The conclusion by archives officials and others would seem to lay to rest the issue of whether any information was permanently destroyed or withheld from the commission.
Archives spokeswoman Susan Cooper said officials there "are confident that there aren't any original documents missing in relation to this case." She said in most cases, Mr. Berger was given photocopies to review, and that in any event officials have accounted for all originals to which he had access.


Consider the timing of these accusations: as the 9/11 report was about to come out, as well as the Democrat convention, Republicans were screaming charges as if Berger had already been proved guilty. Now that the convention is over, it turns out the main accusation against Berger was false, but don't expect to hear much about from his accusers.


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