Here‘s the NY Times article on the Berger plea. They got the important details in the lede:

Samuel R. Berger, who as national security adviser to President Bill Clinton had access to the most secret intelligence, pleaded guilty Friday to a misdemeanor charge of intentionally removing classified documents from a government reading room last year and destroying some of them.

The Times also restrains itself; it doesn’t refer to the case as an “embarrassing episode.” The paper points out: “His motives in taking the documents remain something of a mystery.”

According to the Justice Department, the archives possessed copies of all the documents so the fact that Berger destroyed some of them didn’t matter. The question nobody can answer: Did Berger realize that the destroyed documents were duplicates?