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Berger still under investigation

Aug. 5, 2004 at 4:00 PM   |   Comments

WASHINGTON, Aug. 5 (UPI) -- The investigation of former national security adviser Sandy Berger's use of classified material "is ongoing and continuing," a U.S. official said Thursday.

The Justice Department does not acknowledge that Berger is a target of an investigation, but the source told United Press International a report saying Berger has been "cleared" is untrue.

The report appeared July 30 in The Wall Street Journal and said investigators "looking into the removal of classified documents from the National Archives by former Clinton national security adviser Samuel Berger say no original materials are missing and nothing Mr. Berger reviewed was withheld from the commission investigating the Sept. 11, 2001, terror attacks."

The source said the Journal report was missing the point and the investigation is not just about whether anything is missing.

Berger has acknowledged he inadvertently removed some document copies while preparing to testify before the commission. Removing classified documents from the archives violates federal law.

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