But He Was Such a Gentle Former NSA!
Michael Ubaldi, July 20, 2004.
We love Roll Call editor Mort Kondracke for his sentimentality but it ill-serves him on Sandy Berger. Mort, on Fox News' Special Report with Brit Hume, thinks the leak of Berger's criminal probe is dirty politics; that Sandy Berger is a good Washington man who wouldn't hurt a fly. Mort echoes Senate Minority Leader Tom Daschle's plea to give Sandy Berger "the benefit of the doubt."
Wasn't Berger given the benefit of the doubt the first time he was caught nicking classified information? Let's refresh:
[Berger attorney Lanny] Breuer said the Archives staff first raised concerns with Berger during an Oct. 2 review of documents that at least one copy of the post-millennium report he had reviewed earlier was missing. Berger was given a second copy that day, Breuer said.
FINALLY: I was wondering when someone would ask this question.
REMEMBER: This didn't happen last week, as treatment of the story might suggest. Sandy Berger has been the subject of a criminal probe since October. Former federal prosecutor Joe DiGenova notes that the length of this probe against the understanding that Berger has not yet been interviewed by the FBI indicates a potentially serious charge.
EVEN MORE: Byron York reports that Berger took multiple copies of 15-to-30-page reports on two occasions. Pants and socks. This has "premeditation" written all over it. We're back to the most important question: what is in those documents that Berger was after, and for whom was he working?