I liked they way he referred to stuffing his pockets as 'inadvertent'. Now Kerry's using him as well. Maybe Kerry has something to hide too...
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No need to get conspiratorial. Everybody knows that occasionally people inadvertently stuff classified documents from the National Archives into their pants, then go back to ask for copies of the classified documents they inadvertently stuffed in their pants, then go back yet again and ask for all the rest of the copies of the classified documents that they inadvertently stuffed in their pants. Don't tell me it's never happened to you!
... Chavez has a good editorial on this.
... he came clean about this in October 2003. Wonder why he didn't come clean publically. The smokescreen here is the Democrats'. The story doesn't fit the blame Bush agenda. Nobody is naive enough to believe that Berger's actions weren't intentional. So now we have the old Clinton modus operandi in action. Claim it's no big deal (Clinton says he was laughing about this silly little incident), mistakes were made, and blow a lot of smoke about the timing of the leak in hopes nobody will pay attention to the substance of the charge.
Surely you can't believe that a former NSA was unaware of the law regarding classified documents. Will you all still think this is no big deal if/when Berger is carted off to prison?
I'm glad you've given up your policy of waiting for all the inquiries to finish.
In any case, you'll have to match your credentials on security matters with those of various experts I've seen on CNN and other places and heard on NPR and other places. I'm leaning toward the opinion of the experts on this question. Most of the people who violate the rules for classified documents are familiar with the rules or they wouldn't have access to the document.
I will wait and see what the investigation pans out. You OTOH that states as fact that the White House outed a CIA asset, have already dismissed this as a smokescreen defying all logic and common sense.
Come on Dan. If it had been Condoleezza Rice you would have been calling for execution on the spot!
Dan, I can guarantee you that the rules of classified information forbid stuffing it down your trowsers, or any other way to take it and remove it from the secure area.
Destruction of classified info also has quite firm rules, and they don't include someone taking it somewhere else and throwing it away.
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... is a felony crime carrying a possible 10 years in prison.
It's the only count Wen Ho Lee eventually plead too, and Clinton's Justice Dept. plead former CIA director Deutch on lesser misdemeanor charges but Clinton pardoned him anyway.
The lack of prosecution was indeed the politics of the Clinton DOJ Your disregard for the law as pertains to Democrats is astounding. Hundreds of FBI files? No biggie, after all it was just an innocent mistake ... funny, we still don't even know who hired Craig Livingstone. Satellite technology for campaign contributions? No biggie.