Okay, I heard about this and had to post. (If I make mistakes it’s because I’m not wearing my glasses.)
WASHINGTON (AP) -- A judge on Thursday ordered Sandy Berger, President Clinton's national security adviser, to pay a $50,000 fine for illegally taking classified documents from the National Archives.He probably had fifty grand in his pockets. Or stuffed down his pants. Small bills. Talk about dirty money.
The punishment handed down by U.S. Magistrate Judge Deborah Robinson exceeded the $10,000 fine recommended by government lawyers. Under the deal, Berger avoids prison time but he must surrender access to classified government materials for three years.[SNIP]
The sentencing capped a bizarre sequence of events in which Berger admitted to sneaking classified documents out of the Archives in his suit, later destroying some of them in his office and then lying about it.
After initially saying it was an "honest mistake," Berger pleaded guilty in April to a misdemeanor of unauthorized removal and retention of classified material, which contained information relating to terror threats in the United States during the 2000 millennium celebration.
I'm disgusted, in more ways than one.
(Thanks to Lucianne)
UPDATE: Berger inspires poetry.
KATRINA RELIEF: Bush-Clinton Katrina Fund (the former presidents); Hmmm.