No there there


Geraldine Sealey
July 21, 2004 11:26PM (UTC)

The bottom line on the Sandy Berger story -- or in Bill Clinton's words, "non-story" -- is that the 9/11 commission says his actions did not hinder its work or prevent the commissioners from reviewing and processing vital information.

From USA Today: "There is no indication that Berger's action affected the 9/11 commission's work; a spokesman for the panel said Tuesday that the classified papers some of which are still missing were copies of original documents." (Emphasis added.)

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Yes, removing classified documents from the National Archives is wrong illegal even. But the consequences here don't support the conspiracy theories being bandied about that Berger tried to cover-up flaws in the Clinton administration's handling of terrorism or was stealing documents for the Kerry campaign. Leave it to John McCain to distinguish himself again as a voice of reason: "McCain called Berger 'a fine and honorable man who we should presume innocent until proven guilty.'"


Geraldine Sealey

Geraldine Sealey is senior news editor at Salon.com.

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