The Corner

Berger’s Footnotes

Some readers have written to say that maybe the news reports mean “pockets” when they say “pants.” Maybe. But it’s now being reported that Berger shoved the stuff in his socks.

His socks.

So whatever explanations Berger might have, let’s bury any notion that he did this accidentally. The man was in a secure, guarded room with the highest security protocols. He’s a former National Security adviser and he’s a lawyer himself. You don’t put classified documents in your socks by accident.

Also, he says he “knowingly” took the notes but “inadvertantly” took the classified documents. That’s certainly possible, but would you take that kind of parsing from your kid, let alone a former National Security adviser?

And again, whatever his state of mind was, he had documents in his socks.

Jonah Goldberg, a senior editor of National Review and the author of Suicide of the West, holds the Asness Chair in Applied Liberty at the American Enterprise Institute.

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