Truth And Reason Upside Down

CIA employees are caught in a philatelic furor

Just when the CIA thought the scandal season was over, along comes Stamp-scam. Though it has none of the drama of arms-for-hostages trades or covert wars in Central America, this latest caper centers on the appropriation of a valuable rarity: 95 misprinted U.S. postage stamps that could be worth thousands of dollars each.

The scheme apparently began on March 27, 1986, when a CIA employee on Government business bought 95 $1 stamps at the McLean, Va., post office. The image on the stamps was an austere candlestick; the inscription read AMERICA'S LIGHT FUELED BY TRUTH AND REASON. At CIA headquarters in...