Sandy Berger, former President Clinton’s second-term national security adviser, has died, his firm confirmed Wednesday.
Berger, who helped craft Clinton’s second-term foreign policy and got in trouble over mishandling classified documents, had been suffering from cancer. He was 70.
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.
In 2005, Berger pleaded guilty to illegally removing classified documents from the National Archives by stuffing some documents down his pants. He was sentenced to probation and a $50,000 fine. He expressed regret for his actions.