WASHINGTON — A federal judge yesterday ordered Sandy Berger, who was President Clinton's national-security adviser, to pay a $50,000 fine and give up his security clearance for three years for taking classified terrorism documents from the National Archives in 2003.Berger: "See, see? Bin Laden was invented by Cheney and Rove on the day W took office!"
Berger pleaded guilty in April to unauthorized removal and retention of classified documents. He admitted to stuffing copies of documents in his coat jacket as he left the National Archives and destroying some at his office and pretending he had never possessed them.
Berger had been reviewing the records about the Clinton administration's response to reports of terrorist threats in 2000 as he was preparing to respond to questions from the commission that investigated the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks.
The disclosure of the government's investigation of Berger last year prompted him to step down as an adviser to the 2004 presidential campaign of Sen. John Kerry, D-Mass.
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