Because, frankly, it doesn’t matter if Berger stuffed those papers in his pants, pockets, or socks, or up his ass like a Columbian drug mule. He knowingly took classified materials from a classified area without following procedure. That, as Lt. Smash points out is illegal
Berger and his lawyer said Monday night he knowingly removed handwritten notes he had taken from classified anti-terror documents he reviewed at the National Archives by sticking them in his jacket and pants.
Those notes he “knowingly” took are classified at the level of the source they were deriverd from until determined to be unclassified. If the document you took notes from is “Super-Duper Specail Top Secret with Sugar On Top” then so are your notes. Sticking them in your pants doesn’t make it any worse, except when you get caught you look guilty as hell, and also cruel people make fun of you. If Berger admits that he knowingly took those notes he should go to jail.
He also inadvertently took copies of actual classified documents in a leather portfolio, they said.
“I deeply regret the sloppiness involved, but I had no intention of withholding documents from the commission, and to the contrary, to my knowledge, every document requested by the commission from the Clinton administration was produced,” Berger said in a statement to the AP.
Umm… How? How did the documents inadvertently make their way into the portfolio? The DSS types I have to deal with are not forgiving of “sloppiness” in dealing with classified materials. Right bastards about it, in fact. At the very least I’d lose my job and clearance if I “inadvertently” mishandled classified materials, and I’d probably end up very poor and in Club Fed. So should Berger, who you’d think would know better having been National Security Advisor and all.
The pants don’t matter, though.