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Sandy Berger (1945 - 2015)

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Sandy Berger (1945 - 2015)

Former U.S. national security adviser Sandy Berger, who helped craft President Bill Clinton's second-term foreign policy and later got into trouble over the mishandling of classified documents, died Wednesday, according to The Associated Press. Berger was 70 and in ill health.

The announcement about the death came from a spokesman for Berger's consulting firm, the AP said.

The cause of death was not immediately available.

Berger was White House national security adviser from 1997 to 2001, including a period when the Clinton administration carried out airstrikes in Kosovo and against Saddam Hussein's forces in Iraq. Berger also was deeply involved in the administration's push for free trade, according to the AP.


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In 2005, Berger pleaded guilty to a misdemeanor charge of illegally removing classified documents from the National Archives by shoving some documents down his pants. He was sentenced to probation and fined $50,000. He expressed regret for his actions and later volunteered to give up his license to practice law.

Out of government, he helped found the international advisory firm now known as the Albright Stonebridge Group, where he most recently held the title of chair, along with former Secretary of State Madeleine Albright.

Berger also served as a foreign policy adviser to U.S. Sen. Hillary Clinton during her 2008 presidential campaign.

He is survived by his wife, Susan Berger, and three children.

WASHINGTON (AP) - Former national security adviser Sandy Berger, who helped craft President Bill Clinton's foreign policy and got in trouble over destroying classified documents, died Wednesday at age 70.

The cause of death was cancer, said a statement by his consulting firm, the Albright Stonebridge Group.

Berger was White House national security adviser from 1997 to 2001, including a period when the Clinton administration carried out airstrikes in Kosovo and against Saddam Hussein's forces in Iraq. Berger also was deeply involved in the administration's push for free trade.

He was deputy national security adviser during Clinton's first term.

In 2005, Berger pleaded guilty to illegally removing classified documents from the National Archives by stuffing some documents down his pants. He cut up some of the documents with scissors, for reasons that remain unclear. He was sentenced to probation and a $50,000 fine. He expressed regret for his actions.

Out of government, he helped found an international consulting firm that in 2009 merged with one run by former Secretary of State Madeleine Albright.

"He cared deeply about where this country was going what we could do to solve problems," Albright said in a telephone interview. "That was the basis of his life, was to make a difference."

Berger is survived by his wife, Susan, along with three children and five grandchildren, Albright said.

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