CNN, which had earlier reported that former Clinton Administration National Security Advisor Sandy Berger had stuffed his notes on classified documents in his socks to get them past security at the National Archives, now reports that Berger’s associates vehemently dispute that detail:
[L]aw enforcement sources told CNN that some of the papers he is said to have taken from the National Archives were stuffed into his socks as well as other parts of his clothing. That allegation drew sharp responses from two of Berger’s associates. President Clinton’s former spokesman, Joe Lockhart, said Berger “categorically denies that he ever took documents and stuffed them in his socks.
“That is absurd,” said Lockhart, who is now advising Berger. “And anyone who says that is interested in something other than the truth.”
Former Clinton aide Lanny Davis challenged any unnamed official who accuses Berger of stuffing documents into his socks to come forward and level that charge publicly.
“I suggest that person is lying,” he said. “And if that person has the guts, let’s see who it is who made the comment that Sandy Berger stuffed something into his socks.”
We’ll see soon enough, I suppose; I’d assume that the area where Berger viewed the files had video surveillance. However, longtime CQ reader and funnyman Peyton Randolph reminds me that transmitting classified information is acceptable as long as the correct container is used: