Nation: Agent X-000065

On assignment for the U.S.

Bert Lance's continuing ties with his old friend Jimmy Carter are well known in the U.S., but on foreign trips the former budget chief can flash more tangible evidence of his White House clout: a diplomatic passport bearing the serial number X-000065 and the assertion, "The bearer is abroad on a diplomatic assignment for the Government of the United States of America." As it happens. Lance's most recent missions abroad, including a trip to London and the Middle East to help Arab interests angling for control of a $2.2 billion bank holding company...

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