Espionage: Con Man or Key to a Mystery?

Ari Ben-Menashe adds fuel to the allegations that William Casey crafted a deal in 1980 to delay the release of the American hostages held by Tehran

It is especially hard to solve a mystery if all the people who actually know the truth are either accomplished liars, adamantly mute, or already dead. Such a conundrum is facing investigators who are still trying to unravel the Iran- contra scandal and other baroque plots that American officials may have hatched in the Middle East over the past decade. Last week, as yet more charges came to light, there was no shortage of fingerprints, plot twists or stool pigeons. But there was a desperate shortage of certainty, perhaps because when truth is stranger than fiction, the two are harder to...

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