Gonzales Mishandled Secret Docs, Regrets Lapse

Government report expected to examine DoJ management
By Ambreen Ali,  Newser User
Posted Sep 1, 2008 5:11 PM CDT
Alberto Gonzales, shown testifying in July during a hearing on Justice Department oversight, will be the subject of several government reports in the coming months.   (AP Photo/Dennis Cook, file)
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(Newser) – Lawyers for Alberto Gonzales admit in a memo released today that he mishandled highly classified notes about a secret counterterrorism program, but say it was unintentional and didn't result in leaks, the AP reports. A government report due out tomorrow is expected to criticize Gonzales's handling of the notes, which he improperly stored and may have taken home.

The report is the latest in a series looking at Gonzales's management of the Justice Department. At least two others are expected, including one examining his role in the ousting of nine US attorneys. Tomorrow's report could reignite a controversy about his role in pushing a national security program that his department had deemed illegal.