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Tuesday, July 20, 2004

Are those classified documents in your pants...

or are you happy to see me?  This story about Sandy Berger is lending itself to double entendres all over the internet right now.  Apparently he smuggled classified documents out of the National Archives in his pants.  This could prove to be a big story, as these documents were related to the Clinton Administration's handling of al-Qaida terrorist threats during late 1999.  If you want to read more about it, just click on any of the links in the Electric Commentary blogroll (Sullivan, Postrel, Reynolds, and Marshall all have extended sections dedicated to this story).  I happen to think that any situation involving "pants" is funny.  Here are some highlights:
Josh Marshall thinks that the secret of the pants was discovered because of a leak:
However, it seems equally clear that the surfacing of this matter is the product of a malicious leak intended to distract attention from the release of the 9/11 commission report.
Those malicious leaks are the worst kind.  I think we've all been there.  On the other hand, Andrew Sullivan asks:
How can stuffing papers down your pants be a function of "sloppiness'? It's a function of someone doing something he knows he shouldn't.
I couldn't agree more. 



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