The startling revelation that former National Security Adviser Sandy Berger is under criminal investigation for pocketing highly classified terrorism documents was buried on page A-16 in today’s edition of the New York Times.
While the story earned front-page coverage in USA Today, America’s “paper of record” ran a wire story in a small box on the bottom of its last news page in the A section, one page before the editorials.
Among the articles the Times did feature on its front page was a story about how untucked shirts in the workplace are the latest fashion trend.
The Washington Post’s front page has the Berger story at the top of page A-2.
The former Clinton aide is the focus of a Justice Department investigation for removing the documents and handwritten notes from a secure reading room prior to the Sept. 11 Commission hearings.
He has been serving as a national security adviser to John Kerry’s campaign.
FBI agents searched Berger’s home and office after he voluntarily returned some documents to the National Archives. However, the Associated Press reports, still missing are some drafts of a sensitive after-action report on the Clinton administration’s handling of al-Qaida terror threats during the December 1999 millennium celebration.