Iran-Contra: Secord Makes A Deal

Secord Makes A Deal

Less than a week before he was scheduled to face trial on felony charges relating to his activities in the Iran-contra scandal, Richard Secord copped a plea. The retired Air Force Major General admitted that he had lied to congressional investigators when he denied knowing that $13,800 from the Iran arms-sales deal went to pay for a security system at Oliver North's home.

"I wanted to prevent further criticism of Colonel North and myself," he explained to a judge. "There had already been a fire storm in the press. I was trying to shield both of us." Though Secord won dismissal...

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