Archive monitors assigned to watch Sandy Berger review top-secret documents allowed the former national security adviser to break the rules and be left alone, the New York Daily News reported.
Berger, the target of a federal investigation for allegedly smuggling secret files out of the National Archives, persuaded the monitors to leave him alone in the high-security room by saying he had to make sensitive phone calls, a senior law enforcement source told the paper.
“He was supposed to be monitored at all times but kept asking the monitor to leave so he could make private calls,” the official said.
The sources said Berger stepped out of the room as he looked over the documents and allegedly stashed some in his clothing.
The archive monitors told the FBI Berger was observed stuffing his socks with handwritten notes about files that were to be given to the 9-11 Commission.
Notes about the secret files cannot be taken out without special permission.
The monitors also observed frequent bathroom breaks that aroused their suspicion.
The New York paper noted it is standard procedure to constantly monitor anyone with a security clearance who examines the type of code-word classified files stored in the underground archives vault.
Berger’s attorney, Lanny Breuer denies the allegation that Berger hid papers in his socks.