A Man of Many Talents

Secord may illuminate several mysteries

When Oliver North wanted to get something done quickly, secretly and with a minimum of fuss, he called his friend Richard Secord. In November 1985 Secord came to the rescue of frazzled White House officials by deftly diverting a plane that was scheduled for a weapons shipment to the contras to help transport arms to Iran. As North later wrote admiringly to Admiral John Poindexter, "Why Dick can do something in five minutes that the CIA cannot do in two days is beyond me -- but he does." Another time North wrote, "a man of many talents ol' Secord is."

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