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Scandal-marred Sandy Berger Advising Hillary

Monday, 08 Oct 2007 10:28 AM

Former Bill Clinton adviser Sandy Berger is now serving as an adviser to candidate Hillary – even though he was caught removing and destroying classified documents from the National Archives and lost his security clearance until September 2008.

Berger – National Security Adviser from 1997 to 2001 – admitted stealing documents from the Archives before the 9/11 Commission hearings in 2003.

The documents were written by counterterrorism czar Richard Clarke, who said they were a harsh review of the Clinton administration’s efforts in dealing with terrorism.

On several occasions, Berger stuffed classified documents into his pants and socks to remove them from the Archives building in Washington, D.C.

Berger first told reporters he had “inadvertently” removed the documents. But in April 2005 he pleaded guilty to a charge of unauthorized removal and retention of classified material from the National Archives. In September 2005 he was fined $50,000, placed on probation for two years, and stripped of his security clearance for three years.

Hillary’s enlistment of Berger as a campaign adviser “shows poor judgment and a lack of regard for Berger’s serious misdeeds,” law professor Jonathan Adler of Case Western Reserve University told examiner.com.

“If Senator Clinton becomes the Democratic nominee, at some point she will begin to receive national security briefings that will include sensitive information. At such a point, continuing to keep Berger on board as a key adviser, where he might have access to sensitive material, would be beyond incomprehensible.”

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