You know, I re-read the AP story and I think Joe in Detroit has a point. Here’s the AP:
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. He also inadvertently took copies of actual classified documents in a leather portfolio, they said. [Italics mine]
I guess I skipped the lead too quickly before; “knowingly”!?! He did have criminal intent. Period. He’s confessed to a crime. Can you imagine the scandal if Dick Cheney had done something like this? There’s be immediate calls for impeachment. Jonathan Chait would get another 2,000 words on why Bush should be burned at the stake. Etc.