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National Archives employee accused of stealing

By Jessica Gresko
Associated Press / September 29, 2011

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WASHINGTON—A former National Archives employee has been charged with stealing from the agency, which safeguards the nation's records including the Declaration of Independence and the Constitution.

Leslie Charles Waffen, who worked at the National Archives and Records Administration for 40 years, was charged Tuesday with theft of United States property. A document charging the 66-year-old says officials seized 955 "sound recording items" from his home in October 2010.

A telephone message left Thursday at Waffen's home in Rockville, Md., was not immediately returned.

Archives Inspector General Paul Brachfeld says he cannot specify what records or recordings were associated with the Waffen case because prosecutors are close to a plea agreement. But he says many items likely would be things the public has read about in history books.

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Associated Press writer Brett Zongker contributed to this report.

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