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Clinton Administration Security Advisor to Plead Guilty for Taking Documents

Sandy Berger (File photo)
U.S. Justice Department officials say the national security adviser to former President Bill Clinton will plead guilty to one count of unauthorized removal of classified documents from the National Archives.

Samuel "Sandy" Berger is scheduled to appear Friday at a hearing before a federal magistrate in Washington to answer a charge of unauthorized removal of classified documents.

He admitted last July that he illegally took such documents from the Archives four months earlier while preparing testimony for the commission investigating the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks. The former Clinton Administration official said his actions, though illegal, were inadvertent.

Mr. Berger faces a maximum prison sentence of one year and a $100,000 fine. He will sacrifice his national security clearance and has pledged to cooperate with authorities.

Some information for this report provided by AFP and Reuters.