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I still haven’t gotten a single email from someone who regularly deals with classified info who isn’t scandalized by this. Meanwhile I get a half-dozen of these every hour or so:

Jonah:

I’m a historian at a govt agency (won’t tell you which

one, and don’t publish my name please). a) the Reports

can be anywhere from 5-50 pages and b) your readers

are right to be upset about the Berger thing. I’m

furious because i know that i can’t get away with

entering or leaving the secure rooms without a

security guard checking EVERYTHING I have – I go a few

times a month and if I ever did this I’d be

disciplined severely, if not outright fired.

You’re not allowed to take originals or copies outside

the secure room since COPIES RETAIN THE ORIGINAL

CLASSIFICATION STATUS AS THE ORIGINALS. Anyone with a

security clearance up to codeword (indeed the highest

level) knows that, you’re briefed and must watch a

video on how documents need to be protected. So

that’s just phony Clinton/Dee Dee Myers talking points

designed to obfuscate the issue (i know that shocks

you). They’re also trying to spin the whole thing

about the fact that these were drafts. Historians want

to see how drafts change as they move through the

bureaucracy. So why would he stuff them down his

pants or in his socks unless he knew that his person

wouldn’t be searched but his briefcase would be? Did

he or Clinton or Albright say something embarassing in

a post-9/11 world? Like maybe they weren’t “obsessed”

with UBL?

And again these reports of concealing documents in

clothing came from the National Archives staffpeople,

who even gave him a break by contacting Bruce Lindsey

(popping up yet again!) before they contacted the FBI

because he did the same thing on more than one

occasion. That’s why his “inadvertent” comment is

ludicrous on its face.

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