Oliver North's Turn

As North finally tells his story, larger questions remain

The silence is over. The cameras are in place, the microphones tuned, the TV networks willing, even eager, to drop their soap operas and go live to Capitol Hill. Investigators are armed with several cartons of papers turned over last week by the witness to guide their questioning. This week, after seven months of claiming his Fifth Amendment privilege against self-incrimination, Oliver North at last appears before the congressional committees probing the Iran- contra affair and begins to talk in public.

But how much of the rumor, mystery and myth swirling around his name will North's testimony dispel? Not all, almost...