| Sandy Berger |
(Political consultant, Political pundit, Lobbyist, Lawyer)
Samuel Richard Berger|
Millerton, New York, United States
2015-12-02 (Age 70)|
Washington DC, U.S.
|Alma mater||Cornell University, Harvard University|
|Member of||Quill and Dagger|
A National security advisor caught removing "terrorism"-related materials from the from the US national archives just prior to testifying before the 9/11 Commission.
At Cornell University, Berger was a member of the Quill and Dagger society with Paul Wolfowitz and Stephen Hadley. A former National security advisor, he was caught removing materials relating to "terrorism" from the US national archives.
- Full article: 9/11 Commission
- Full article: 9/11 Commission
On July 19, 2004, the U.S. Department of Justice revealed that they were investigating Berger for unauthorized removal of classified documents in October 2003 from a National Archives reading room prior to testifying before the 9/11 Commission. The documents were five classified copies of a single report commissioned from Richard Clarke covering internal assessments of the Clinton Administration's handling of the unsuccessful 2000 millennium attack plots. An associate of Berger said Berger took one copy in September 2003 and four copies in October 2003. When questioned about this, Berger lied to investigators about the removal of the documents.
In April 2005, Berger pled guilty to a misdemeanor charge of unauthorized removal and retention of classified material from the National Archives in Washington. The The Justice Department's lead prosecutor[Who?] stated that Berger only took copies of classified information and no original material was destroyed. Berger was fined $50,000, sentenced to serve two years of probation and 100 hours of community service, and stripped of his security clearance for 3 years.
Original Documents gone?
Later the House Government Reform Committee contradicted the Justice Department's assessment, by stating that an unsupervised Berger had been given access to classified files of original, uncopied, uninventoried documents relating to "terrorism". During the House Government Reform Committee hearings, long-time archivist at the National Archives and Records Administration, Nancy Kegan Smith admitted granting Berger access to original materials in her office. It is unclear which and how many documents he stole.
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- Turley, Jonathan (2013-06-25) Snowden's Russia chase reveals double standard, USA Today
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- Sherman, Mark, "Berger Pleads Guilty to Taking Materials", Associated Press via SFGate.com, April 2, 2005
- Margasak, Larry, "GOP Contradicts Justice Department", Associated Press, January 10, 2007
- R. Jeffrey Smith. Berger Case Still Roils Archives, Justice Dept. The Washington Post. February 21, 2007