Hostages: Out in the Cold Once Again

Out in the Cold Once Again

Remember Manucher Ghorbanifar, the Iranian expatriate who was permitted to play a central role in the ill-fated U.S. weapons-for-hostages deal with Iran, even though CIA lie-detector tests indicated that he was not to be trusted? After months of lying low, Ghorbanifar has been telling contacts in the U.S. that he was the intermediary who brokered the deal between Paris and Tehran that resulted in last month's release of the remaining three French hostages in Lebanon.

According to the contacts, the arrangement was that Ghorbanifar would help bring the hostages home just in time to ensure Premier Jacques Chirac's victory in the...

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