The Riyadh Connection

Behind the Clifford headlines lurks the real news about B.C.C.I.: growing evidence that the bank provided secret services for Saudis and U.S. intelligence agents

The scene that captured the news last week was of stately superlawyer Clark Clifford, that icon of Washington power brokering for five decades, clutching his fedora and lowering his well-worn face in a Manhattan courtroom. There he and his younger partner Robert Altman faced charges that they took millions in bribes to act as front men for the notorious Bank of Credit & Commerce International. But even more significant may be a legal move related to the grand jury indictments of last week: Saudi Sheik Kamal Adham, the longtime head of Saudi Arabian intelligence and one of the most powerful men...

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