Wayward Ship: How North & Co. operated

How North & Co. operated

All but lost in the tumble of revelations about Iranscam have been the details of what Oliver North and his free-lance operatives were actually doing. How did they transfer weapons and carry out their intricate dealings? The erratic journeys of a small Danish freighter provide a glimpse of the haphazard way the operations worked -- or didn't.

The convoluted tale began in April 1985, when two of North's shadowy private partners, Iranian-born Businessman Albert Hakim and retired Air Force Major General Richard Secord, hired a 163-ft. Danish ship, the Veralil, to ferry weapons to the contras. The ship was loaded with...

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