The Lincoln Plawg - the blog with footnotes
Wednesday, July 21, 2004
Berger the Burglar - might this one be true?
There have been one or two stories recently that have been as heavy on sensation as they were light on evidence: the Seymour Hersh boy sodomy business (July 15) and the Iyad Allawi one-man firing-squad affair (July 19).
Insofar as we've had a (partial) admission from the person accused, the Sandy Berger lifted documents caper is a little more definite, but not much.
Jury questions arising are numerous, intriguing and well in hand elsewhere (Josh Marshall has several pieces with links: start here, and scroll up).
Chapeaux! to the hack who hit on the stuffing down the socks notion: in itself, absurd and, on a sober evaluation, tending to discredit the whole story. But it catches the imagination (à la the Hill and Knowlton Kuwaiti incubator wheeze ), and fathers another -gate - and obviously we can't have too many of those!
Point to watch in the coverage: the conflation of documents with copies of documents. The WaPo piece yesterday talks about copies, for instance.
A couple of points on the copy/original question:
(How does one reconcile the
thousands and thousands of pages of classified documentsthat Breuer says Berger reviewed with the fact that - according to the WaPo piece - Berger only spent three days down at the Archives? I thought we were canning it on the jury questions. Ed.)
Marshall wonders why Berger remained as a Kerry adviser. When did Kerry get to know the investigation was ongoing? How deeply did his operatives go into the case with Berger? Aren't all the Kerrymen subject to what is known in the UK as positive vetting to shake out skeletons like Berger's?
(My guess is that there are so many Kerry advisers that such checks are impractical.)
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