The Iranscam Trail

COVER STORIES THE 8IRANSCAM 8TRAIL8 This chronology of the Reagan Administration's involvement in arms sales to Iran and the secret funding of the Nicaraguan CONTRAS is based on testimony by public officials, details that sources have disclosed to TIME, and reliable newspaper and television reports.

Early 1984

Following congressional restrictions on contra funding, NSC Aide Oliver North reportedly devises a plan to use private U.S. citizens and other countries to funnel aid to the Nicaraguan rebel forces. President Reagan is said to approve the plan, although former National Security Adviser Robert McFarlane last week denied the existence of such a plot.

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