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Sandy Berger Medium-Well Done

Case closed, but it seems to me that former national security adviser Sandy Berger should have been sent to the big house to reflect on the error of his ways for at least 3 years. Martha Stewart lied to the feds and spent 5 months in the slammer and 5 months under house arrest (more or less). Not only did Sandy Berger smuggle classified documents out of the National Archives, he reportedly either misplaced or destroyed some of them. Here is the report from the Indianapolis Star:

A federal judge Thursday ordered former national security adviser Sandy Berger to pay a $50,000 fine and give up his security clearance for three years as the penalty for smuggling classified terrorism documents out of the National Archives in 2003.

The sentence was much more severe than the $10,000 fine that Justice Department prosecutors and Berger's attorneys had jointly proposed after Berger pleaded guilty to a misdemeanor charge. But Magistrate Judge Deborah Robinson said the punishment, which also included two years of probation and 100 hours of community service, would more "sufficiently reflect the seriousness of the offense."

Berger, who had classified documents hand-delivered to his desk when he advised President Bill Clinton, pleaded guilty in April to unauthorized removal and retention of classified documents.

Posted by Rick | September 9, 2005 04:20 AM

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